7th January, 2022
Aston Villa are tipped to land midfielder Philippe Coutinho, on loan from Barcelona.
The deal will see the former Liverpool player reunite with his former captain, Steve Gerrard.
There is no official confirmation yet by either Barcelona or Aston Villa.
But British newspapers said it is a done deal.
However, Skysports said Coutinho will make his decision over the Premier League switch today.
Coutinho, 29, left Liverpool in January 2018 to join Barcelona in a record signing of £146million.
Although his exit left a bitter taste among fans at Anfield, Liverpool used the money paid by Barca to buy players such as Virgil van Dijk and Alisson Becker.
The club then went on to win the Champions League.
Coutinho on his part has been struggling to deliver in Barcelona. He spent the 2019/20 season on loan at Bayern Munich.
Though there were reports that Liverpool may also be interested in having their playmaker back, Skysports said Coutinho is understood to be more than willing to sign for Villa.
Villa are 13th in the Premier League.
Coutinho was said to see them as an ambitious club that are building something special for the future.