Villa have an choice to signal Coutinho for €40 million on the finish of the season however usually are not keen to speculate a lot cash.
Nevertheless, with coach Steven Gerrard eager to maintain Coutinho, the English membership try to barter a diminished a charge of round €20m with Barca, who’re able to take an enormous hit on their €160m file signing.
Coutinho, 29, accepted a wage reduce to hitch Villa in January attributable to his want to play common soccer once more having fallen down the pecking order beneath Barca coach Xavi Hernandez.
At Villa Park beneath his former Liverpool teammate Gerrard, he has scored 4 targets and equipped three assists in 15 Premier League appearances.
“We wish Phil Coutinho right here [next season], for certain,” Gerrard mentioned on Saturday after his facet’s 3-1 win over Burnley at Turf Moor.
Barca broke their switch file after they signed Coutinho from Liverpool in 2018 however now, with one 12 months to run on his contract, they’re prepared to chop their losses on the participant.
Sources have instructed ESPN that the Catalan membership are eager to strike a take care of Villa earlier than the top of June, which might enable any charge to be included on the 2021-22 season’s monetary outcomes.
Whereas taking an enormous loss on the charge, Barca would rid themselves of Coutinho’s wage — one of many largest on the membership — which might assist them to navigate the monetary restrictions imposed on them by LaLiga.
Their spending restrict is -€144m — the one destructive cap within the Spanish high flight — and they’re solely permitted to spend 25% of something they make in transfers of save on wages till they’re again inside their restrict.
Nevertheless, sources on the membership instructed ESPN they’re engaged on methods to strengthen the facet this summer season, with Xavi particularly eager so as to add extra targets in assault.
ESPN have previously revealed that offers are already in place to signal Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen and AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie on free transfers in the summertime when their respective contracts expire.