Aston Villa have turned playmaker Philippe Coutinho’s mortgage transfer from Barcelona right into a permanent deal for €20 million (US$20.74 million), the La Liga membership mentioned on Thursday (May 12).
Barcelona mentioned that they had inserted a 50 per cent sell-on clause for any future sale of Coutinho, who bagged 4 targets and three assists since initially signing for Villa on mortgage in January.
At Villa, Coutinho was reunited with former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard, with the pair enjoying collectively at Anfield from 2013-15 and Gerrard now managing the Premier League crew.
“This is a brilliant signing for Aston Villa. Phil is a model professional and his impact on the group has been very clear since he joined in January,” Gerrard mentioned in an announcement by Villa.
“With the way he conducts himself on and off the pitch, he’s also a valuable role model for our younger players who can only benefit from his experience.”
Brazil worldwide Coutinho joined Barcelona in January 2018 for about £142 million (US$173.07 million) however had not been in a position to set up himself in the primary crew at Camp Nou and he spent the 2019-20 season on mortgage at Bayern Munich.
Villa are twelfth in the league and host Crystal Palace on Sunday.
Source : channelnewsasia.com