Philippe Coutinho has completed medical examinations at Aston Villa and will be ready to play in Saturday’s Premier League match against Manchester United.
Coutinho is currently in France to complete the paperwork for his work permit and will join his new teammates on Wednesday to take part in his first training session.
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After recovering from Covid, Coutinho will need a few matches to regain full fitness for the match, but the former Liverpool midfielder is expected to make himself available for United’s visit on Saturday, which is live on Sky Sports.
Villa boss Steven Gerrard said: “Philippe is currently finalizing his immigration papers and we can’t wait to take him to the training ground with the group on Wednesday in Bodymoor.
“He is an exceptional footballer who boasts a truly impressive resume, enriched by many elite accolades.
“I am really happy to have been able to bring him on board and I am looking forward to working with him.
“He is a player I have enjoyed playing with before and I know the rest of the team here at Aston Villa will benefit from his quality and experience. His presence will be invaluable given the injuries and the AFCON tournament has reduced our options. offensive “.
What are the details of Coutinho’s loan transfer?
Coutinho will move to Villa on loan until the end of the season, but the deal includes an option to buy the 29-year-old for £ 33m at the end of the season.
Villa pays less than 50 percent of Coutinho’s weekly salary, plus bonuses, Sky Sports News he was told, and even accepted a pay cut, with other clubs offering deals that would see him earn 100% of his Barca salary.
The Brazilian midfielder knows manager Steven Gerrard well, having spent two and a half years with him at Liverpool, and is said to already know a lot about Villa and his team.
Coutinho wanted to return to England and play football regularly and sees Villa as an ambitious club building something special for the future.
Coutinho was signed to Barcelona by Liverpool for a record £ 146m in January 2018 but struggled to keep a first team spot at Camp Nou and spent the 2019/20 season on loan at Bayern Munich.
Analysis: Coutinho could fill the Grealish void
Jack Grealish once commented that Philippe Coutinho was one of his favorite players to watch on YouTube. “It always has that, you know, where it goes left and falls like a little sparkle, which is what I like to do myself.” Now the journey has come full circle.
While Grealish has perfected his craft enough to earn a £ 100 million transfer to Manchester City, Coutinho returns to the Premier League to replace him at Aston Villa. If the Brazilian manages to repeat the form that brought him from Liverpool to Barcelona, he would be an ideal signing.
There are similarities between the two players. Grealish praised Coutinho’s ability to “get past the players as if they weren’t there” and that’s what Villa loved so much about their former captain. He missed having that player who can make things happen this season.
Is the Coutinho idolized by Grealish still there? At 29, there is time to regain his best form under old teammate Steven Gerrard, but his career has drifted to Barcelona. If, like Grealish, Coutinho is inspired by being the main man at Villa Park, it’s fun.
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