Aston Villa could offer Philippe Coutinho a contract worth around £200,000 a week as they seek to tie the creative midfielder to a permanent move to Villa Park, according to the reporter. Pete O’Rourke.
Coutinho sealed his reunion with Villa head coach Steven Gerrard on loan from Barcelona in January, but the deal includes the option of being turned into a long-term deal for £33million sterling.
What is the latest news regarding Coutinho?
Coutinho has made a stunning start to his career at Villa which has led Gerrard to confirm already that he wants the playmaker to stay in the Midlands beyond the end of the season.
However, it looks like Gerrard is set to face competition for his former Liverpool team-mate’s services as Spanish sources have claimed Arsenal are plotting a move for Coutinho.
The report suggests Gunners boss Mikel Arteta is exploring the possibility of bringing the 66-cap Brazil international to the Emirates Stadium.
Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United could also enter the race for Coutinho’s services.
Barcelona have been told by La Liga that they will not be able to sign players in the summer transfer window unless they sell members of their existing squad or renegotiate less lucrative contracts with their stars, so Coutinho is likely to be among the outcasts the Catalan giants are hoping to offload at the end of the campaign.
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What did Pete O’Rourke say about Coutinho?
O’Rourke believes Villa will be willing to break the bank in order to take advantage of the permanent option that was agreed upon when Coutinho was transferred from Barcelona.
The journalist reckons the Midlands club are ready to make Coutinho the highest paid player on their books.
O’Rourke told GIVEMESPORT: “There are a few players at Villa with over £100,000 a week. You’d probably think Coutinho would come close to £200,000 a week or just below.
Will Coutinho have to take a substantial pay cut to stay at Villa?
Coutinho’s contract at Barcelona, due to expire in the summer of 2023, is worth £380,000 a week.
Villa won’t be able to come close to that figure, so the Brazilian will have to decide if he’s ready to complete the permanent move to Villa Park knowing that they can’t offer him the same amount he currently earns in La Liga.
However, parting with £200,000 a week would result in Villa making Coutinho their highest-paid player, as Danny Ings currently has the most lucrative contract in the Midlands.