Aston Villa handed Philippe Coutinho boost amid potential permanent deal

Aston Villa have been dealt a potential boost in any pursuit of a permanent move for Philippe Coutinho as it has emerged that the Brazilian is willing to take a pay cut to rejoin Steven Gerrard’s side on a permanent deal in the summer.

At present, it is thought that Aston Villa pay around £120,000 per week of Coutinho’s colossal £400k contract with the Catalan giants, and have seen an impressive return on their investment, with the 29-year-old having contributed 4 goals and 3 assists in his 10 Premier League appearances to date.

Aston Villa handed Philippe Coutinho boost amid potential permanent deal

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND – JANUARY 15: Philippe Coutinho of Aston Villa celebrates after scoring their side’s second goal during the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Manchester United at Villa Park on January 15, 2022 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Villa have the option to make their move for Coutinho permanent in the summer, though it will set them back 40 million euros, and manager Steven Gerrard has previously suggested that no decision will be until then.

‘We’ve got an option on Phil at the end of the season and we’ll make the decision when the time is right’, he told media at the beginning of March. ‘The key for me is the player. He seems really happy and settled.’

Coutinho willing to take a pay cut

Now, as per Spanish outlet El Mundo Deportivo [Via Birmingham Mail]Coutinho is willing to do all he can to help make the move permanent, and is happy to take a pay cut to facilitate a move away from the Nou Camp.

With Barcelona in dire need of financial aid both to free up funds and to trim their wage bill, a deal would be very beneficial for them, even if it resulted in a loss of around 100 million euros on the Brazilian.

For Villa, the story is slightly different, with Coutinho approaching the twilight years of his peak but still impressing at Villa Park. A tough decision will have to be made. #

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3 Chelsea FC 28 38 59
4 Arsenal FC 28 13 54
5 Tottenham Hotspur 29 11 51
6 Manchester United 29 8 50
7 West Ham United 30 10 48
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 30 5 46
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11 Southampton FC 29 -9 35
12 Crystal Palace 29 1 34
13 Brighton & Hove Albion 29 -10 33
14 Newcastle United 29 -17 31
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16 Leeds United 30 -33 29
17 Everton FC 27 -18 25
18 Watford FC 29 -26 22
19 Burnley FC 27 -16 21
20 Norwich City 29 -45 17
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Tony, Ivan Brentford FC 11
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City 10
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 10
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 10
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