In a major coup for Steven Gerrard, Aston Villa have announced the signing of Philippe Coutinho.
Philippe Coutinho has joined ASTON VILLA on loan from Barcelona.
Steven Gerrard will reunite with Philippe Coutinho, a former Liverpool teammate, after Aston Villa agreed to sign the attacking midfielder on loan.
Coutinho spent three seasons at Anfield alongside Gerrard, and the Brazilian playmaker has since established himself as one of the best players in the world.
Coutinho was eventually signed by Barcelona in a record-breaking £146 million deal in January 2018.
However, Coutinho’s move to the Nou Camp has been a disaster, as he has failed to live up to expectations.
Since Xavi took over from Ronald Koeman, he has fallen out of favor with the Barcelona legend, and he was attracting strong interest from Premier League clubs.
Coutinho was rumored to want to return to Liverpool, but the Reds were reportedly uninterested.
That allowed Villa to swoop in, with Gerrard revealing his feelings about Coutinho this week.
“I can’t say enough good things about him,” he said.
“Because he’s a friend of mine, I can talk for as long as you want if you ask the questions.”
You’re in for a long afternoon if you try to connect it to any speculation or catch me off guard.
“A lot of names are being tossed around, and for the sake of our supporters, they’ll be the first to know when there’s something concrete.”
According to reports, Coutinho’s decision to join Villa was influenced in part by the chance to play under Gerrard.
The 29-year-old will be with the club on a six-month loan until the end of the season.
Barcelona is rumored to be interested in selling Coutinho in order to officially register Ferran Torres.
During his previous stint at Liverpool, Coutinho made 152 Premier League appearances, scoring 41 goals and assisting 35 times.
Villa’s transfer business may not end with Coutinho’s arrival, with Aaron Ramsey also being linked with a move to the club.
Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri confirmed the midfielder’s departure this week.
On Wednesday, Allegri told reporters, “He is back today, but he is on his way out of Juventus.”
“There will be no other changes or transfers in our plans, 99 percent certain.”