Philippe Coutinho is close to leaving Barcelona. The Brazilian is likely to join Premier League side Aston Villa, and according to La Porteria de Beteve and Diario Sport is already looking for a house in Birmingham, the city that hosts Villa.
Villa are the best-placed club to secure his signature, having his former teammate Stephen Gerrard, as coach. It’s understood the agreement will be a season long loan deal.
Football Espana reported that Coutinho has spoken with several former Liverpool teammates to advise him in the search for a new home, as well as with fellow Brazilians who ply their trade in the Premier League. Villa currently sit 13th in the league table, eleven points off Europe.
Coutinho is keen to complete the move to earn a regular play time that could help him get back to Brazilian squad for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Barcelona want to get his wages off the books to enable them to register Ferran Torres.