Aston Villa finally confirmed the signing of Philippe Coutinho on a season-long loan after waiting for the 29-year-old to travel to Bodymoor Heath – Villa agreed a deal with Barcelona days ago but had to wait until Coutinho completed a medical and picked up a work permit.
Now the Brazilian international is a Villa player for the remainder of the campaign and supporters on social media are understandably excited. The 29-year-old continues to called up for Brazil and was playing for Barca back in December, so this is a watershed moment.
Coutinho has struggled with inconsistency at the Camp Nou, hence why he’s being granted a departure, but Steven Gerrard may feel he can turn his career around as a former Liverpool teammate. The 29-year-old could be a belated replacement for Jack Grealish while pushing Emiliano Buendia too.
Villa have the option to buy Coutinho permanently should he impress this season, so this is a big statement of intent.