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Aston Villa have ‘completed’ Philippe Coutinho transfer

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Aston Villa have finalized the permanent signing of Philippe Coutinho, according to reports.

The Brazilian has been on loan at Villa since January, when he returned to the Premier League four years after his £142million move from Liverpool to Barcelona. And reports now claim he will stay at Villa permanently after the club and Barca reach an agreement.

Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano claims a ‘total deal’ has been reached and the deal is expected to be announced. Steven Gerrard is said to be a key factor in Coutinho’s decision to commit his future to Villa.

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Romano said on Twitter: “Total deal reached between Barcelona and Aston Villa for Philippe Coutinho. Deal now complete and expected to be announced: Coutinho will become Aston Villa’s player on a permanent deal. Steven Gerrard has was key for Philippe to continue with Aston Villa.”

Coutinho has impressed extensively on loan at Villa and has scored seven goals in his first eight games for the club. However, he has failed to score or assist in his last eight games.

The Brazilian has also been called up to represent the Selecao for the upcoming international matches against South Korea and Japan, both of which will be played in early June.

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