Premier League side Aston Villa wants to sign midfielder Philippe Coutinho on a permanent deal.

The Brazilian arrived at Villa in January from Barcelona on a six months loan deal after being convinced by former teammate Steven Gerrard and owing to his sterling outing, they want to turn the deal into a permanent one.

Things haven’t worked out for Coutinho at Barcelona following his big-money move in 2018 and report are rife that the Laliga giants want to see his back and they want him off their wage bill.

A report from Catalunya Radio via SportWitness claims Barcelona have confirmed Villa’s interest in them. They say talks are progressing between the two clubs but that a fee is yet to be agreed.

There are claims that Villa has a clause in the loan contract to turn the deal into a permanent one for £34million something they feel they can afford but the problem is expected to arise with the player’s wage demands.


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