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Aston Villa start negotiations with Barcelona’s Philippe Coutinho

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According to journalist Helena Condis Edo, Aston Villa are in direct contact with Coutinho’s agent to negotiate a loan deal till the end of the season. Moreover, some reports also suggest that the Brazilian has handed in a transfer request. Barcelona wants to reduce the wage bill to make some space for Ferran Torres.

Philippe Coutinho is now been out of favor for Barcelona and rarely gets any game time. Moreover, he has also not been able to impress in the small amount of game time that he has got. In addition, he also has high wages that may be blocking the registration of Ferran Torres. However, a loan move takes place Torres will be registered to play for Barcelona.

If Coutinho moves to Villa then he will be reunited with his former teammate Steven Gerrard only this time, he is the manager. The 29-year-old can revive his career with a loan move and get some rhythm and game time. Moreover, that will also be a great help for Aston Villa.

Gerrard has got some good results at Villa and Coutinho has good experience in the Premier League. This combined can profit hugely for Villa as an in form Coutinho is very hard to stop. He can be the man to mark for opponent teams and cause havoc for other teams.

How can Philippe Coutinho help Aston Villa?

In his peak days at Liverpool, he was one of the best playmakers, dribbler, excellent with long shots, he can bring all of that to Aston Villa. He can help Villa challenge for a place in Europe and make them dark horses for a top-four spot. Villa has made some good signings after they sold Jack Grealish but they somehow miss his presence.

However, Coutinho has some similarities to Jack Grealish as he can cut in from the left and draw away defenders. Moreover, his Premier League experience can help him adapt quickly as he will have only a few months if the loan move is sanctioned. It will also be great to see him combine with Steven Gerrard and achieve something bigger than thought.

Although Villa has some good options in attacking, they need the depth which is nowadays crucial to play a whole season. There are many competitions a club competes in. Some injuries can see a club in deep crisis and this is where the depth comes in.

Coutinho can revive his career at Aston Villa and might even get another chance at Barcelona if his performances at Villa are extraordinary. He has a few other options also but Villa seems to be a good option for him. He can express himself there and not play under any pressure.

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