Aston Villa have an option to buy Philippe Coutinho at the end of the season; Coutinho was keen to leave Barcelona and return to the Premier League in search of regular football; the Brazilian played with current Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard at Liverpool.
Philippe Coutinho has joined Aston Villa on loan from Barcelona until the end of the season.
The agreement, which is subject to the player completing a medical and receiving a work permit, also includes an option to buy and Coutinho will travel to Birmingham in the next 48 hours.
Villa are paying less than 50 per cent of Coutinho's weekly wage, plus bonuses, Sky Sports News has been told.
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