Aston Villa are ‘aware’ that attacking midfielder Philippe Coutinho would be ‘more than willing’ to make financial compromises to stay at the club, according to the journalist DeanJones.
The 29-year-old arrived from Barcelona on a six-month loan during the January transfer window in a deal that includes a £33million option to buy.
What is the latest news regarding Coutinho?
Coutinho is trying to relaunch his career at Villa Park after going through a difficult period since leaving Liverpool for Camp Nou in January 2018.
Barca paid £142million to secure his services just over four years ago and are believed to be paying the Brazil international around £480,000 a week.
However, after registering just 25 goals and 14 assists in 106 appearances for the Blaugrana, Coutinho reunited with former Liverpool team-mate Steven Gerrard during the winter.
But despite the presence of the option to buy clause, making Coutinho’s stay at the Villa permanent might not be as simple as it seems.
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The Telegraph claims the South American star will have to cut his current salary drastically if he is to sign a long-term deal for the Villans.
And Gerrard has previously said that tying Coutinho to a permanent transfer is ‘not as simple as people think’.
What did Jones say about Coutinho?
Despite the financial complications surrounding the potential deal, Jones revealed that Coutinho was ready to compromise in order to make it “affordable” for Villa.
He told GiveMeSport: ” They have was aware from the time he joined the club that if all went well he would be more than willing to consider how much he was paid and how payments were put in place to make it affordable for Aston Villa and doable.
How did Coutinho behave?
Coutinho hit the ground running on his Premier League return, coming off the bench to score in the 2-2 draw with Manchester United.
Since then, the creative talent has added three more goals and three assists in his nine top-flight outings under Gerrard’s tutelage.
According to WhoScored, Coutinho has been Villa’s best performer this term, earning a season rating of 7.28, and taking a closer look at his underlying numbers it’s easy to see why.
The playmaker has averaged 2.5 shots, 1.5 key passes and 1.6 dribbles per league game so far, improving his teammates tally for every metric.
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