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Philippe Coutinho has joined Aston Villa on a permanent deal from Barcelona

Philippe Coutinho has joined Aston Villa on a permanent deal from Barcelona

Philippe Coutinho has joined Aston Villa on a permanent deal from Barcelona

According to a statement released by Barcelona, Aston Villa has announced the permanent purchase of Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona for €20 million.

In January, the Brazilian joined Villa on a six-month loan with the option to buy him for €40 million. The price tag, however, was deemed too high for the English outfit.

It’s worth noting that, while Villa did not mention the transfer amount in their statement, Barcelona did. The Catalans have also kept a 50% sell-on clause for any future sale, according to the official statement.

Coutinho has four goals and three assists in his short time at Villa Park, and it appears that was enough to persuade manager Steven Gerrard, who has shown an interest in signing the midfielder at the conclusion of the season.

“For Aston Villa, this is a fantastic signing. Phil is a consummate professional, and his impact on the team has been palpable since his arrival in January,” Gerrard said of the deal.

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