Aston Villa have been rather busy over the two previous transfer windows when it comes to bringing new players to the club on permanent deals for a range of transfer fees as well as some loan deals as well.
With the next summer transfer window in mind, it seems as though some details have been dropped over the possibility of the Villa Park outfit making one of their recent loan captures into a permanent one.
Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, journalist and transfer insider Dean Jones had this to say about the possibility of the Midlands club potentially securing a permanent deal for Coutinho once his loan spell ends in the summer.
He said: “The transfer fee will be fine. They’re happy with the fee that is going to be in place. It’s the wages that are obviously going to cause a problem and also the competition from elsewhere.”
Since arriving at Villa Park back in January on loan from Spanish club Barcelona, the Brazilian has been a revelation for Steven Gerrard’s side, with four goals and three assists under his belt in just nine league games.
In addition to his goal contributions, the former Liverpool star’s overall performances have provided a massive boost for the Villans, with WhoScored giving him a rating of 7.37/10, making him the highest-rated player in Gerrard’s squad.
With the Midlands club having the option to sign Coutinho on a permanent basis for a reported fee of £33m, which is the same price that they signed Emi Buendia for in the previous summer transfer window, it’s easy to see why Jones thinks paying that fee would not be an issue for the Villans.
However, with the Brazilian previously picking up a hefty weekly wage of £401k-per-week back in 2018 when he originally joined Barcelona according to Salary Sport, there’s a likely chance that the Midlands club would have to work out a deal that would see Coutinho pick up a suitable weekly wage that wouldn’t break the bank and potentially dismantle their wage structure.
Moving forward, taking into account how well he has done for the team since returning to England, the Villa fans would surely be fuming if their club ended up losing him as a result of Johan Lange not being able to offer the attacker a suitable deal, which could then be a major disaster for the team moving forward.