Aston Villa correspondent Ashley Preece has dropped a major update on Philippe Coutinho ahead of the trip to Leeds on Thursday night.
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Where will Coutinho be playing next season?
He starred in the clash with the Whites last month, scoring once and providing two assists, and he goes into the game at Elland Road in fine form after adding to both tallies in the 4-0 win over Southampton at the weekend.
The Latest: Preece’s claim
Preece shared a story on Birmingham Live on Monday, looking at a number of Villa-related topics.
When it came to Coutinho, he said that sources from Spain have informed the news oulet that Barcelona are keen to sell the 29-year-old, possibly for less than £33m.
They appear desperate to get the Brazilian’s £300,000-a-week wage off their books, with Coutinho currently on 65% of that salary in the Midlands, and a sale is expected to go through.
The Verdict: In Coutinho’s hands
Rumours over a move to either of the two aforementioned London clubs are just speculation for now, but Villa may well be cautious over a full-time move for the Brazilian.
Ultimately it will be Coutinho’s decision, should Villa’s Premier League rivals firm up their reported interest, but hopefully he is open to making his loan move permanent over the coming months.
As Preece also mentioned, the 29-year-old has settled in extremely well in the Midlands due to being close friends with Douglas Luiz and has socialised with the likes of Emi Buendia and Emi Martinez away from Bodymoor Heath.
That could contribute to his thinking over the coming months, and his performances since returning to England suggest that he would be a major coup for Villa on a full-time deal.
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