Sky reporter shares exciting Coutinho transfer update amid Aston Villa links
Reported Aston Villa target Philippe Coutinho will decide on his future by Friday afternoon, according to Sky Sports reporter Kaveh Solhekol.
Steven Gerrard’s Villans have been linked with the highly-rated Brazil international in recent days.
Six Premier League clubs were reportedly eyeing Coutinho, but Sky Sports have now claimed just two are in serious pursuit.
Gerrard refused to be drawn on the speculation at a Thursday news conference.
However, the Villa boss heaped praise on Coutinho, who he still regards as a friend.
Now, it looks as though the Barcelona playmaker’s future will be clearer by Friday.
In addition, Solhekol suggests Coutinho is indeed interested in joining Villa.
“What we heard about an hour or so ago was that Philippe Coutinho had a choice between joining two Premier League clubs,” he said (6/1/22, 19:20).
“And he was going to make his decision by tomorrow afternoon.
“Obviously there have been lots of reports that Aston Villa are interested in signing him.
“Steven Gerrard was asked about it today and he didn’t really give much away.
“Speaking to people on the player’s side of the deal, my feeling about this is that he would be interested in joining Aston Villa.”
The 29-year-old has struggled at Barcelona since his big-money move from Liverpool in 2018.
Indeed, his biggest success since then came as a loanee in Bayern Munich’s Champions League-winning squad.
Coutinho may have had a tough time at Barca, but there’s no doubt he’s still an incredible player.
His displays for Bayern in 2020 showed he’s still very much got it, and just needs a change of scenery.
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