Philippe Coutinho has signed for Aston Villa on a permanent deal, the Premier League club has announced.
The Brazilian, who’s spent the second half of the season on loan at Villa Park, has joined a four-year deal with Barcelona agreeing to sell him for €20million (around £17m).
It brings the former Liverpool star’s Camp Nou nightmare to an end, having struggled for form since joining the LaLiga giants in a deal estimated to be worth £142m in January 2018.
Meanwhile, the Daily Telegraph reports Coutinho has accepted a pay cut of ‘over 70 per cent’ in order to seal his move to Villa.
He never settled in at Barca and as well as his loan spell at Villa, Coutinho was sent to Bayern Munich in the 2019/20 season in a bid to rediscover his form.
However, all that is now behind him with Coutinho officially a Villa player.
Villa boss Steven Gerrard said: “This is a brilliant signing for Aston Villa. Phil is a model professional and his impact on the group has been very clear since he joined in January.
“With the way he conducts himself on and off the pitch, he’s also a valuable role model for our younger players who can only benefit from his experience.”
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“As we look to build towards next season, it is incredible to work at a club that executes its business so decisively and smoothly.”
Coutinho made a fine start to his loan spell at Villa, scoring on his debut in a 2-2 draw against Manchester United.
The 29-year-old has four goals and three assists in 16 Premier League appearances this season.
His form has somewhat dipped in recent weeks but it’s hoped Coutinho can replicate the form he showed at Liverpool.
Coutinho became a fan favourite in his five-year spell at Anfield, however, the Reds developed into a top team shortly after he went to Barcelona.
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