How Philippe Coutinho’s classy gesture opened door to Villa switch

How Philippe Coutinho’s classy gesture opened door to Villa switch/Effect on Ferran Torres revealedHow Philippe Coutinho’s classy gesture opened door to Villa switch/Effect on Ferran Torres revealed


An insight into the role played by Philippe Coutinho in his move from FC Barcelona to Aston Villa coming to fruition has, on Friday, been provided.

Villans switch

News of Coutinho’s Premier League return was of course confirmed earlier today.

Amid yet another hugely underwhelming campaign in Spain with the aforementioned Barcelona, the Brazilian was long tipped to be moved on this month, if a suitor could be found.

Few, however, could have predicted just which club would eventually step up to the plate.

Despite links with the likes of Arsenal, Tottenham and former employers Liverpool, Coutinho, ultimately, made the move to Villa Park, to link up with Aston Villa.

The 29-year-old returns to England for the remainder of the campaign, as part of a 6-month loan agreement:

Coutinho’s role

Just how, though, did the transfer eventually come to fruition?

Well, as alluded to above, an insight into precisely that has been provided on Friday evening, in the process unveiling the central role played by Coutinho himself in Villa pushing an agreement over the line.

As per a report from reliable Catalan outlet Esport3, the Brazilian international facilitated his Premier League comeback by agreeing to a considerable cut in his wage packet with Barcelona.

This, in turn, allowed the Blaugrana to get Coutinho completely off their books for the 2nd-half of the season, with Villa having taken on the entirety of their loan addition’s salary across this stretch.

Not only that, but the gesture also proved crucial in guiding Barca towards finally registering winter addition Ferran Torres, in clearing the bulk of the required sum from the club’s bloated wage bill.


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1 Manchester City 21 40 53
2 Chelsea FC 21 29 43
3 Liverpool FC 20 34 42
4 Arsenal FC 20 8 35
5 West Ham United 20 10 34
6 Tottenham Hotspur 18 3 33
7 Manchester United 19 3 31
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 19 0 28
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 19 0 27
10 Leicester City 18 -2 25
11 Crystal Palace 20 -1 23
12 Brentford FC 19 -3 23
13 Aston Villa 19 -5 22
14 Southampton FC 19 -9 21
15 Everton FC 18 -9 19
16 Leeds United 19 -16 19
17 Watford FC 18 -14 13
18 Burnley FC 17 -11 11
19 Newcastle United 19 -23 11
20 Norwich City 19 -34 10
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Antonio, Michail West Ham United 8
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 8
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 8
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 8
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 8
Raphinha Leeds United 8
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 7
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 7
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 7
Silva, Bernardo Manchester City 7
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City 6
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