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Philippe Coutinho: Aston Villa among six Premier League clubs in race to sign Barcelona midfielder in transfer window | Football News

Philippe Coutinho is expected to agree to move to a Premier League club by this weekend, with Aston Villa being one of six English clubs in the race to sign the Barcelona midfielder.

The former Liverpool player wants to return to England and sign for an ambitious club where he can play regularly.

The 29-year-old, who is also attracting interest from foreign teams, will decide on his next club before this weekend.

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Aston Villa have made an attempted investigation in Barcelona, ​​but Villa bosses are aware of avoiding a bidding war with other clubs.

The Brazilian’s salary demands could also be significant, but Villa boss Steven Gerrard is a staunch admirer of Coutinho, having played alongside him at Liverpool for two and a half years.

    Steven Gerrard and Philippe Coutinho of Liverpool - Barclays Premier League - Manchester Utd vs Liverpool - Old Trafford Stadium - Manchester - England - March 16th 2014 - Pic Simon Bellis / Sportimage.  (Cal Sport Media via AP Images)
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Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard played with Coutinho at Liverpool

Coutinho has made 16 appearances in all competitions for Barcelona this season and is under contract at Camp Nou until June 2023.

The former Inter Milan player is the club’s record signing of the Spanish giants after joining Liverpool for £ 146million in January 2018.

But Coutinho, who has scored 28 goals in 105 games for Barca, struggled to make an impact for La Liga, where he won four major trophies.

He spent the 2019/20 campaign on loan at Bayern and won the Champions League, Bundesliga and German Cup under Hansi Flick.

No club is in pole position to sign Coutinho

Sky Sports News’s Kaveh Solhekol on The Transfer Show:

“There are a lot of clubs interested in signing Coutinho, including six Premier League clubs, as well as clubs abroad.

“But he wants to come back to England and come back to the Premier League.

“I am told that no club is in pole position at the moment to sign him.

“I don’t think he knows where he is going, but he has a lot of options and his reps cater to different clubs.

“We saw that his move to Barcelona didn’t work out, it was very stop-start. He wants to go somewhere where he can settle down and play regularly.”

Villa interested in the Hickey of Bologna

September 18, 2021, Milan, UK: Milan, Italy, September 18, 2021. Aaron Hickey of Bologna FC during the Serie A match at Giuseppe Meazza, Milan.  Photo credit should read: Jonathan Moscrop / Sportimage (Credit Image: © Jonathan Moscrop / CSM via ZUMA Wire) (Cal Sport Media via AP Images)
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Steven Gerrard has admired Aaron Hickey since he was at Hearts

Aston Villa takes an interest in popular Scottish defender Aaron Hickey, Sky Sports News has been said.

The 19-year-old left-back joined Italy’s Bologna squad in the summer of 2020, after breaking through at Hearts.

He has already played 19 Serie A appearances this season, scoring four goals.

Steven Gerrard was initially impressed with Hickey’s performance for Hearts against his Rangers side in Scotland, and believes he could adjust to the Premier League well.

Villa is also exploring other possibilities to strengthen the left rear.

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