Philippe Coutinho it’s already history in Barcelona. The Brazilian midfielder leaves on loan for the remainder of the season to Aston Villa, with a purchase option at the end of it for 40 million. Coutinho has a contract with the Barça club until 2023. The English club takes over part of the record.
Coutinho arrived at Bara in January 2018, as the most expensive signing in the club’s history (120 million euros plus 40 in variables), and has not met the expectations generated by his signing. If its market value reached 150 kilos in October of that 2018, right now the specialized website Transfermarkt gives it a value of 18 million, which speaks clearly of the devaluation of a footballer who was called to succeed in the Camp Nou.
This is his second departure from Barcelona, since in the 2019-20 season he was loaned to Bayern de Mnich, with which he won the Champions participating in the 2-8 against Bara, scoring the last two goals of the tremendous Bavarian win.
Now he is reunited at Aston Villa with Steven Gerrard, who was his partner in the Liverpool, which has played a key role in the negotiation. The now coach of the Birmingham team called him and convinced him to play again in the Premier under his orders.
On the Barça side, one of the great objectives of the winter market was achieved: releasing a player who did not have a major role in the team and release payroll for the future. The inscription of Ferran Torres, closer, but still not enough.