Philippe Coutinho will join Aston Villa from Barcelona on loan for the rest of the season, the Premier League club said Friday.
Villa has the option to buy the Brazil international, who is now expected to travel to Birmingham to complete the formalities of his move.

The midfielder will link up with Villa boss Steven Gerrard, who he played with at Liverpool. “The agreement, which is subject to the player completing a medical and receiving a work permit, also includes an option to buy and Philippe will travel to Birmingham in the next 48 hours,” said Villa.

Barcelona confirmed Villa would pay part of Coutinho’s wages as he returns to the Premier League after four years. He joined Barcelona from Liverpool in 2018 but has struggled at the Nou Camp and spent 2019-20 on loan at Bayern Munich, where he won the Champions League.

Despite helping Barca win La Liga in 2018 and 2019, he never found the form he displayed in the Premier League with Liverpool. He has become Gerrard’s first signing at Villa since the boss joined Rangers in November.

“He’s won two league titles at Barcelona, two Copa del Reys,” Gerrard said on Thursday. “If you go and have a look at his Wiki page, you’ll see a serial winner wherever he goes. “I don’t think you get a nickname of ‘The Magician’ if you’re not a special footballer.”