Philippe Coutinho is close to staying in the Premier League. According to the Catalan “Sport” website, Arsenal have also expressed interest in the player.
The Brazilian midfielder is back in the Premier League after being absent for several years. FC Barcelona agreed to loan a player to Aston Villa. In England, Coutinho has clearly come back to life and is one of the best players in Steven Gerrard’s squad.
The 29-year-old has made eight appearances against Birmingham this season and has always been involved in goal matches. So far, he has scored three assists and scored four goals.
English media speculate that Aston Villa officials will want to buy a player from the “Catalan Duma”. The agreement between the clubs even included a related clause of €40 million. The snag is that The Villans management is reluctant to spend such money, which, in addition to the player’s salary – £480,000 a week – is an unacceptable condition.
And, according to what was reported by the Catalan “Sport” channel, Arsenal could use it. It is Arsenal who have been linked with a possible Coutinho transfer in recent days. Much depends on the promotion of the London team to the Champions League – if this goal is achieved, the purchase of the Brazilian will be possible.
For now, Mikel Arteta’s players are on the right track. They are fifth in the Premier League, only two points behind United against Manchester United, fourth. Moreover, they have played three fewer matches, which puts them in a favorable position.
Regardless of the final decision of Aston Villa and Arsenal, there are more and more indications that Coutinho will be the last to leave Barcelona. The Brazilian came to Camp Nou in 2018. He was withdrawn from Liverpool for 135 million euros.
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