Coutinho spent years at Barcelona not performing at the levels he initially showed at Liverpool. This season, AstonVilla reinvigorated his career. He impressed his current manager, Steven Gerard, so much so that the Villa boss has openly expressed his desire that the player stay in his team next season. All of this was revealed during his pre-match press conference ahead of Villa’s next game against Liverpool on Tuesday.
“We want Coutinho here for sure,” he said. Following this, Gerrard was asked about his decision to start Emiliano Buendia ahead of Coutinho for Villa’s last game against Burnley, and what the Brazilian felt about it. He replied with: “There’s not a lot of ego in this band. They’re a good group of lads.” He then spoke more generally about the club’s current situation.
“We have just entered the period where things will change with five games in a short time. Both Phil and Emi will have enough playing time to satisfy them. They know you can’t go Saturday-Tuesday-Saturday all the time. Phil got it“.
Coming back to the main topic at hand, if Villa want to buy Coutinho, they will have to meet with Barcelona Asking price 40 million euros. According to ‘Sport’, this figure was written into the loan deal when the two clubs met during the January transfer window.