Aston Villa discover main rival for Philippe Coutinho’s £33m transfer as Newcastle United deal blow
Philippe Coutinho is reportedly considering two permanent changes to the Premier League this summer – but Newcastle United is not one of them.
The Brazilian superstar is expected to be in demand in the summer window after a brilliant loan spell at Aston Villa. Since joining Villa Park in January, Coutinho has scored four times and assisted three goals in 10 appearances.
Villa have the option of making their loan from Barcelona permanent for £33m this summer, but Coutinho’s astronomical wages have cast doubt on the financial viability of the transfer. The 29-year-old is reportedly earning £480,000 a week at parent club Barcelona.
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Mega-rich Newcastle have reportedly entered the fray but Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo claim Coutinho is not interested in a move to the Magpies. Rather, Coutinho is said to be considering a permanent move to Villa or Arsenal.
Arsenal have been heavily linked with Coutinho and his agent Kia Joorabchian has made numerous deals with the Gunners in recent years. Mikel Arteta’s side are also on course to finish the season in the Champions League places.
Coutinho will likely have to take a pay cut regardless of which team he joins, and Joorabchian has previously suggested his client’s long-term future is in the Premier League.
“When we decided in January to ask Barcelona that we would like to move, it was the Premier League, we weren’t really considering other leagues,” Joorabchian told talkSPORT in January. “It’s a league he feels most comfortable in, he really wanted to come back, he misses it.
“He played in the Bundesliga, he had a great season and won the Champions League, won the league, he had a great experience in the Bundesliga, he had a good experience in La Liga, won several leagues, cups . But ultimately the Premier League, the intensity and the way the game is played here, that’s how he wants to move forward.