Aston Villa sign Philippe Coutinho – FC Barcelona player loaned out with option

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Gerrard the decisive factor 

Aston Villa and FC Barcelona have announced a loan transfer of Philippe Coutinho. In the summer, the Premier League club has an option to buy, which both clubs also officially confirmed. The medical is still pending, as well as the work permit in England. As Barça announced in a statement, both clubs will share the salary of the 29-year-old for the duration of the loan.

Last negotiations took place on Friday morning, as The Athletic and Sport reported. In the Premier League, where he had experienced his best times at Liverpool and had recommended himself for a €135 million transfer to Barça in 2018, Coutinho meets head coach Steven Gerrard, with whom he had played for the Reds.

Griezmann, Bale & Co. – All €100 million transfers in football history

12 Gareth Bale – Tottenham > Real Madrid – 13/14 – €101M

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11 Paul Pogba – Juventus > Man United – 16/17 – €105M

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9 Eden Hazard – Chelsea > Real Madrid – 19/20 – €115M

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9 Romelu Lukaku – Inter > Chelsea – 21/22 – €115M

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8 Cristiano Ronaldo – Real Madrid > Juventus – 18/19 – €117M

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7 Jack Grealish – Aston Villa > Man City – 21/22 – €117.5M

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6 Antoine Griezmann – Atlético Madrid > Barça – 19/20 – €120M

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5 João Félix – Benfica > Atlético Madrid – 19/20 – €127M

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4 Ousmane Dembélé – BVB > Barça – 17/18 – €130M

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2 Philippe Coutinho – Liverpool > Barça -17/18 – €145M

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2 Kylian Mbappé – Monaco > PSG – 18/19 – €145M

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1 Neymar – Barça > PSG – 17/18 – €222M

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Steven Gerrard convinced FC Barcelona’s Coutinho of Aston Villa

Gerrard is said to be the decisive factor in the race to sign the Brazilian. He had said about previous rumours: “I can understand that because you’re talking about a world-class individual and player. He’s a wonderful footballer. To share a pitch with Coutinho was a great experience because he was on a level that few footballers are on. His imagination, his creation, and also some of the highlight reels are incredible. His name speaks for himself.”

Meanwhile, the deal also helps Barcelona. Once Coutinho is off the payroll, €55 million signing Ferran Torres could be registered to play in LaLiga immediately. For the Blaugrana, the most expensive winter transfer in the history of football played about 1,400 minutes in 30 matches since his return from Bayern Munich in 2020, in which he scored five goals. The €135 million euros he cost when he moved in January 2018 is the third highest transfer fee in football history – FC Barcelona are not only interested in Coutinho to leave in the winter, but also striker Luuk de Jong, who was loaned for a year from Sevilla, and Samuel Umtiti. The trio were among the market value losers in the latest LaLiga update.

From Dzeko to Coutinho – The most expensive winter transfers in history

20 – Edin Dzeko to Manchester City

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2010/11 | For €35M from Wolfsburg

19 – Lucas Paquetá to AC Milan

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2018/19 | For €38.4M from Flamengo

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2012/13 | For €40M from Sao Paulo FC

18 – Leandro Paredes to PSG

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2018/19 | For €40M from Zenit St. Petersburg

18 – Cédric Bakambu to BJ Gouan

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2017/18 | For €40M from Villarreal

15 – Andy Carroll to Liverpool

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2010/11 | For €41M from Newcastle

14 – Jackson Martínez to Guangzhou

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2015/16 | For €42M from Atlético

14 – Paulinho to Guangzhou

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2018/19 | For €42M from Barcelona

12 – Juan Mata to Man United

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2013/14 | For €44.7M from Chelsea

11 – Alex Teixeira to Jiangsu Suning

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2015/16 | For €50M from Shakhtar

10 – Ferran Torres to FC Barcelona

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2021/12 | For €55M from Manchester City

9 – Fernando Torres to Chelsea

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2010/11 | For €58.5M from Liverpool

8 – Oscar to Shanghai SIPG

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2016/17 | For €60M from Chelsea

8 – Diego Costa to Atlético

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2017/18 | For €60M from Chelsea

6 – Bruno Fernandes to Man United

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2019/20 | For €63M from Sporting

5 – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Arsenal

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2017/18 | For €63.8M from Bor. Dortmund

4 – Christian Pulisic to Chelsea

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2018/19 | For €64M from Bor. Dortmund

3 – Aymeric Laporte to Manchester City

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2017/18 | For €65M from Athletic Club

2 – Virgil van Dijk to Liverpool

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2017/18 | For €84.7M from Southampton

1 – Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona

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2017/18 | For €135M from Liverpool




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