Philippe Coutinho left Liverpool in January 2018 for Barcelona, which at the time paid no less than 135 million euros for the Brazilian. At Barcelona, the international was unable to really push through. In the 2019-20 season, Barca already stole him once at Bayern Munich.
Due to the tight bookkeeping, Barcelona would rather get rid of the expensive bird than rich, since January of this year he played football on loan for Aston Villa. There he was reunited with his former Liverpool teammate Steven Gerrard, the coach of Aston Villa.
In 16 games, Coutinho scored 4 times and provided 3 assists. Enough for Aston Villa to take over the Brazilian permanently. Barcelona would catch another 20 million for the attacking midfielder.
“This is a fantastic transfer for Aston Villa,” said StevenGerrard. “Phil is a model pro, his impact on the group has been very clear since he joined us in January.”