Barcelona have confirmed that Philippe Coutinho has completed a permanent move to Premier League side Aston Villa.
The Brazilian left for Villa Park in a loan deal in January and has now joined the club in a transfer worth €20 million.
Coutinho has signed a contract with Steven Gerrard’s side until 2026
Here’s the club’s official statement:
“FC Barcelona and Aston Villa have reached an agreement to transfer Philippe Coutinho for 20 million euro. The club have inserted a 50% sell-on clause for any future sale of the player.
“FC Barcelona would like to publicly state their thanks to Philippe Coutinho for his commitment and dedication, and wish him success and all the best for the future.”
Source | FC Barcelona
Aston Villa boss Gerrard is very excited to be able to land the 29-year-old who has four goals and three assists in 16 Premier League appearances this season.
“This is a brilliant signing for Aston Villa. Phil is a model professional and his impact on the group has been very clear since he joined in January.
“With the way he conducts himself on and off the pitch, he’s also a valuable role model for our younger players who can only benefit from his experience.
“As we look to build towards next season, it is incredible to work at a club that executes its business so decisively and smoothly.”
Source | Aston Villa
Coutinho leaves Barcelona after 106 appearances, 26 goals, 65 wins, 24 draws, 15 defeats, and two loan spells away from the Camp Nou.
Good luck at Aston Villa, Philippe Coutinho!