Aston Villa set to DUMP Philippe Coutinho just year after transfer reunion with now axed boss Steven Gerrard

    ASTON VILLA are willing to sell Philippe Coutinho next month, according to reports.

    The Brazilian arrived at Villa Park in January on an initial loan deal from Barcelona.

    Philippe Coutinho has endured a difficult season with Aston Villa

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    Philippe Coutinho has endured a difficult season with Aston VillaCredit: Getty

    Coutinho, 30, joined to link up with his former Liverpool team-mate Steven Gerrard.

    But following Gerrard’s exit in October, Coutinho could soon follow – despite making his initial loan permanent in the summer.

    According to Football Insider, Villa are happy for the attacking midfielder’s agent Kia Joorabchian to find him a new club.

    Coutinho’s time in the Midlands started brightly, as he scored four goals and assisted a further three in his first eight appearances.

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    His output dried up, however, scoring just once more in the final 11 matches of last season.

    Villa made the transfer permanent regardless, handing the 69-cap star a four-year contract.

    He has struggled this term, however, failing to contribute a single goal or assist in 13 appearances in all competitions.

    Even Gerrard appeared to lose faith, benching him for his final two matches in charge.

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    Coutinho is yet to play for Gerrard’s successor Unai Emery, having suffered a hamstring injury in early November.

    The issue ruled him out of the World Cup in Qatar.

    But he has since returned to training and could be in contention to play as Villa return to Prem action against his old side Liverpool tomorrow.

    Coutinho, 30, joined to link up with Steven Gerrard

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    Coutinho, 30, joined to link up with Steven GerrardCredit: Reuters

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