Aston Villa have been one of the more active clubs over the past few years in terms of being busy in the transfer market with numerous players being recruited to Villa Park.
Looking at the previous January transfer window, the Villans secured the signatures of four new faces, one of which was former Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho, who joined from Barcelona on loan until the end of the season.
With the next summer transfer window in mind, it seems as though the Brazilian’s presence at Villa Park could play a part in another former Premier League star’s decision to return to England from abroad.
Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, journalist and transfer insider Dean Jones had this to say about one potential factor Villa have that could sway Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum into joining the Midlands club amid recent transfer links.
He said: “I think Wijnaldum could look towards Coutinho and think he seems happy, seems to be in form, is at a good club and there’s big hopes for what they can achieve there.“
Since joining Steven Gerrard’s side, the winger has scored four goals and provided three assists in nine league games, showing that it didn’t take him too long to get acclimatised back into the Premier League.
With that in mind, it’s easy to see why Wijnaldum could be looking at his former Reds teammate in envy after the Dutchman previously shared his unhappiness with his current situation at the French club.
Labelled as a “machine” by The Athletic’s Liverpool journalist James Pearce, as well as being “relentless” on the pitch, the £22.5m-rated midfielder could be a perfect player for Johan Lange to secure a deal for this summer, in a similar sort of way they signed Coutinho.
Given how the club missed out on signing Rodrigo Bentancur and Yves Bissouma in January, this would be the perfect response from the club’s transfer chief. Considering his expertise and qualities at the top, he would be a simply wonderful signing.
If the Midlands club end up securing their Brazilian loan star on a permanent basis when his current temporary spell comes to an end, this could further improve their chances of persuading Wijnaldum to make a move back to England to link up with the Brazilian and play under the guidance of Gerrard.
After all, eye-catching signings will always convince others to make a switch; just look at Newcastle last January.