Philippe Coutinho joins Aston Villa from Barcelona on permanent deal | Transfer Center News

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Aston Villa have signed Brazilian playmaker Philippe Coutinho on a four-year deal from Barcelona for an undisclosed fee.

Coutinho, 29, initially joined Villa on a six-month loan in the January transfer window, with Steven Gerrard hoping he could persuade the player to move to Villa Park permanently.

The Brazilian international, who made his Villa debut as a substitute against Man Utd on 15 January, has so far provided four goals and three assists in his 16 Premier League games.

As a result, Coutinho, who used to play alongside Gerrard at Liverpool, has now decided to swap the Camp Nou for the West Midlands, signing a four-year deal with the club.

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Aston Villa midfielder Philippe Coutinho showed some outrageous skills in lobbing the ball over Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold, leaving Jamie Carragher impressed in the comment box.

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