Philippe Coutinho: Aston Villa among six Premier League clubs in race to sign Barcelona midfielder in transfer window | Football News

Philippe Coutinho is expected to agree on a move to a Premier League club later this weekend, with Aston Villa one of six English clubs vying to sign the Barcelona midfielder.

The former Liverpool player wants to return to England and sign for an ambitious club where he can play regularly.

The 29-year-old, who is also arousing interest from overseas teams, will decide his next club before this weekend.

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Aston Villa have made a provisional investigation of Barcelona, ​​but Villa officials are aware they are avoiding a bidding war with other clubs.

The Brazilian’s salary demands could also be significant, however Villa boss Steven Gerrard is a huge admirer of Coutinho, having played alongside him at Liverpool for two and a half years.

    Steven Gerrard and Philippe Coutinho of Liverpool - Barclays Premier League - Manchester Utd vs Liverpool - Old Trafford Stadium - Manchester - England - March 16th 2014 - Pic Simon Bellis / Sportimage.  (Cal Sport Media via AP images)
Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard played with Coutinho at Liverpool

Coutinho has made 16 appearances in all competitions for Barcelona this season and is under contract at the Nou Camp until June 2023.

The former Inter Milan player is signing the Spanish giants club’s record after joining from Liverpool for £ 146 million in January 2018.

But Coutinho, who has scored 28 goals in 105 games for Barça, struggled to make an impact for the La Liga side, where he won four major trophies.

He spent the 2019/20 season on loan at Bayern and won the Champions League, Bundesliga and German Cup under Hansi Flick.

No club is in pole position to sign Coutinho

Kaveh Solhekol of Sky Sports News on the Transfer Show:

“There are many clubs interested in signing Coutinho, including six Premier League clubs, as well as clubs abroad.

“But he wants to go back to England and return to the Premier League.

“I have been told that no club is in pole position at the moment to sign him.

“I don’t think he knows where he is going, but he has a lot of options and his representatives are talking to different clubs.

“We saw that his transfer to Barcelona didn’t work out, it was a lot of stop-start. He wants to go to a place where he can settle down and play regularly.”

Villa interested in the Hickey of Bologna

September 18, 2021, Milan, United Kingdom: Milan, Italy, September 18, 2021. Aaron Hickey of Bologna FC during the Serie A match at Giuseppe Meazza, Milan.  Photo credit should read: Jonathan Moscrop / Sportimage (Credit Image: © Jonathan Moscrop / CSM via ZUMA Wire) (Cal Sport Media via AP Images)
Steven Gerrard has admired Aaron Hickey since he was at Hearts

Aston Villa are interested in high-level Scottish defender Aaron Hickey, Sky Sports News it has been said.

The 19-year-old left-back moved to Bologna in the summer of 2020 after breaking through at Hearts.

He has played 19 Serie A games already this season, scoring four goals.

Steven Gerrard was initially impressed with Hickey’s performance for Hearts against his Rangers side in Scotland and believes he can adapt well to the Premier League.

Villa is also considering other possibilities to strengthen themselves as a left-back.

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