Philippe Coutinho has finally secured a loan move back to the Premier League after a failed stint at Barcelona following his ‘prodigal son’ return.
The Brazilian was a key member of the Liverpool squad before moving to Barcelona for a reported £105 million in 2018. Despite this, he was unable to make an immediate impact at Barcelona, despite the expectation that he would succeed Andre Iniesta.
He was able to secure a loan move to Bayern Munich, allowing him to win the UEFA Champions League in 2020 against his parent club Barcelona, defeating them 8-2. After Bayern Munich did not exercise his buy-out clause, Barcelona recalled him to the team. He rejoined Barcelona under new manager Ronald Koeman.
This isn’t the first time Coutinho has struggled to make a name for himself at clubs across Europe. He had similar issues with Inter Milan and Espanyol.
Coutinho never made a name for himself outside of the Premier League.
On January 7th, 2022, Villa reached an agreement with Barcelona to loan Coutinho for the remainder of the season, relieving the cash-strapped Blaugrana of his wage burden.
It is a win-win situation for both Barcelona and Villa; Barcelona will be able to register new signing Ferran Torres because Coutinho is one of the club’s high earners, earning $472k per week.
Villa has not been the same since former captain Jack Grealish left for Manchester City.