Revealed: Aston Villa are paying £125,000 a week as Coutinho’s Barcelona pay cut – and will have to pay £33m to buy him
- Aston Villa is paying around £125,000 a week for Philippe Coutinho’s salary
- Villa will have to pay around £33million if they want to sign Coutinho permanently
- The Brazilian has joined Villa on loan from Barcelona until the end of the season.
Steven Gerrard has made a clear statement of intent less than two months into his Villa Park reign by insisting on the signing of his former Liverpool team-mate, whose salary will be shared by the two clubs, paying Villa close to £ Was thought to do 125,000 per week. Senior members of Gerard’s squad are believed to be extremely excited to be working with the 29-year-old.
Coutinho desperate for help Brazil In their sixth World Cup this winter and with the promise of Gerrard’s presence and regular football, Villa helped seal the deal.
Aston Villa to pay £33m to sign Philippe Coutinho permanently
Gerrard’s preferred system is 4-3-3 which is similar to the one used by Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool, and he believes Coutinho either as attacking No. 8 or as one of the wide forwards. can work in. With John McGuin, Douglas Luiz and Jacob Ramsey currently forming an effective midfield trio, the latter role certainly appears at first.
Villa announced the signing of Coutinho on Friday and confirmed that the playmaker, who will turn 30 in June, is expected to be in Birmingham over the weekend. Subject to passing a medical and obtaining a work permit, he could make his home debut against Manchester United next Saturday.
Gerrard and Coutinho played together at Anfield from 2013–15, and almost helped Liverpool to the league title under Brendan Rodgers in 2014, and Gerrard expressed his praise for signing his first Villa just hours before the deal was struck. clarified.
Steven Gerrard’s Villa is paying around £125,000 a week for Coutinho’s salary during loan
Gerrard said, ‘He is an amazing footballer. “It was an absolute pleasure to share the dressing room and pitch with Coutinho as he is at a level at which very few footballers are.
‘His imagination, his creativity, some of the highlight reels are incredible and for all to see. I think the name speaks for itself. He is a serial winner wherever he goes.
He has won 63 caps for Brazil, played for Barcelona and was incredible at Liverpool. I don’t think you won’t get the nickname ‘The Magician’ if you’re not a special footballer.
Coutinho’s performances in that period at Liverpool and some of his appearances for Brazil in the 2018 World Cup were top-notch. Gerard is taking a gamble that he can convince them once again.
Because apart from his early weeks at Barcelona, which he joined on Friday for £145million four years ago, Coutinho’s time at the Nou Camp has been a major disappointment.
Coutinho struggles at Barcelona but continues to impress his teammates by staying professional
Barcelona won the domestic double in their first season and added another league title in 2019 and the Copa del Rey last year. Yet ever since Coutinho was allowed to join Bayern Munich on loan for the 2019-20 season, he has been surplus to requirements with Barca.
However, all the blame cannot be placed on Coutinho’s doorstep. If a club is willing to pay around £150m for a player, you assume they have a clear plan in place for that. Barcelona did not, meaning Coutinho struggled to adapt as both a midfielder and attacker.
Barcelona has slipped on his books during his four years as Brazil and – perhaps unfairly – he has been targeted by supporters who see him as a symbol of their club’s decline. On the pitch, Coutinho’s confidence has waned and little has been the magic that makes him so exciting at Liverpool.
However, during all his hardships, Coutinho has impressed teammates by remaining professional, and given the pair’s mutual respect, he has little chance of letting loose under Gerard.
However, it is surprising to see that the views of the two best midfielders of their generation are so different. With his club under enormous financial pressure, Barcelona coach Xavi deemed Coutinho to be expendable. Gerard believes he can replace Villa. It will be interesting to see who made the right call.