Aston Villa cannot afford Philippe Coutinho’s full salary and want Barcelona to pay part of it, the very reliable Matteo Moretto claims. The English side hopes to close the agreement as soon as possible.
Meanwhile, Mundo Deportivo’s Fernando Polo reports that Villa intends to sign Coutinho a six-month loan with a non-mandatory buy option at the end of the season. The deal could be closed in the coming days.
Offloading Philippe could allow Barca to register Ferran Torres.
The Brazilian is reportedly open to leaving Camp Nou since he understands he will not be getting much playing time this season. So far, Coutinho has played 16 matches for the Catalans, scoring two goals.