Coutinho ‘in transfer talks with FIVE Premier League clubs including Aston Villa as Gerrard looks to sign old team-mate’

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BARCELONA outcast Philippe Coutinho isn’t short of Premier League suitors, with FIVE Prem clubs reportedly keen on a January move for the playmaker.

One of those is Aston Villa, as boss Steven Gerrard eyes a reunion with his former Liverpool team-mate.

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Coutinho and Gerrard spent two-and-a-half years as team-mates at LiverpoolCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd

Villa have an expressed an interest in signing the 29-year-old Coutinho on loan, according to ESPN.

Coutinho is understood to be eager to leave Barcelona in January in a bid to secure his place in Brazil’s 2022 World Cup squad.

But the club are set to face stiff competition for his signature.

Coutinho’s agent, Kia Joorabchian, is also reportedly in contact with four other Premier League clubs.

One of those is Everton, with owner Farhad Moshiri keen to sign the former Liverpool star, who spent five years on the other side of Stanley Park.

However, boss Rafa Benitez is reported to be unconvinced by the prospect of signing Coutinho.


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Elsewhere Arsenal have also been heavily linked with a move for the 63-cap Brazil man.

The Gunners are reported to have laid out their conditions for a loan deal, which includes no obligation to buy, and not contributing 100 per cent of his wages.

Tottenham too are rumoured to be interested, as Antonio Conte looks to stamp his mark on Spurs’ squad.

The North Londoners are claimed to have offered to take Coutinho off Barcelona’s hands for nothing.

Finally Newcastle have been touted as a potential destination, with the Magpies set to announce Kieran Trippier as their first signing under the new Saudi era.

Coutinho left Liverpool for Barcelona in January 2018 for a whopping £145million.

But he’s failed to ever hit top gear at the Nou Camp since becoming Barca’s record signing.

And with Ferran Torres recently arriving for £55m, the Spaniards need to move players on in order to register their signing from City.

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