The 29-year-old footballer Philippe Coutinho came on loan to Aston Villa of the Argentines Emiliano “Dibu” Martinez Y Emiliano Buendia for the next six months.
The Brazilian was the most expensive signing in the history of the Barcelona, but it did not go well for him at the Catalan club: Culé paid 120 million euros (more than 150, with variables included) by the attacker in January 2018, and He played 106 games and scored 25 goals.
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Even the america champion with Brazil in 2019 he had already been loaned to Bayern Munich just 18 months after his arrival in Spain.
The ex Inter de Milan He went without pain or glory through Germany and had a second stage at Barça, where he did not stand out either.
As if that were not enough, Coutinho, who can play as a hitch or a winger, had one of the highest salaries of the club, which drags economic problems in the last moment.
For this reason, and to comply with the Financial Fair Play and register the new signing Ferran Torres, the Spanish were looking for a new team for a long time.
Several teams in the English league were interested in the player, since he had left a good memory during his time at the Liverpool, club where he exploded and broke it between 2013 and 2018.
Finally, the Birmingham team, which is 14th in the Premier League He obtained a loan for the remainder of the season. the DT Steven Gerrard, Philippe’s former teammate at Liverpool, he plans to summon him for the meeting before Manchester United of Saturday.
This will depend on the state of form of the native of Rio de Janeiro, who has just passed the Covid-19 and has not played officially since December 12 last year.
Philippe Coutinho’s word after being presented at Aston Villa
The new signing of the Villains was happy for his return to English football after his cycle in Barcelona: “I am eager to start playing. I learned a lot being a teammate of Steven Gerrard and I have admiration for him”.