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Aston Villa could find Philippe Coutinho heir in Yeremy Pino

Aston Villa’s new manager could already be drawing his transfer plans up, with a view to return to his old club…

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That’s according to a report from Spain (via Sport Witness), which claims that Unai Emery could be set to poach starlet Yeremy Pino from Villarreal this January.

The Spaniard is said to have specifically requested the transfer, and with the club keen to impress their new man, Johan Lange is already preparing the offer.

The 20-year-old is an academy product of the Yellow Submarine but will likely demand an astronomical fee.

Fabrizio Romano claimed that Arsenal were quoted at €50m (£42m) to sign the forward over the summer.

Coutinho heir

With Steven Gerrard’s star signing Philippe Coutinho having misfired so far this season, the new man in charge might not be so keen on waiting around for him to start performing.

With this bold transfer move, he seems keen to instantly replace the Brazilian who is yet to contribute offensively this campaign.

Despite the young Villarreal forward having scored just once this season, his youth and performances last season has clearly left a big impression on Emery.

During a campaign where his side finished seventh and reached the Champions League semi-finals, Pino scored six and assisted four more in La Liga.

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When tweeting about his performances for the Spanish club, Romano also dubbed him a “special talent” who was “already performing at top level” for his age.

Boasting the versatility to play all across the front line, his ability to score all manner of goals with his wicked right foot could see him likened to the former Barcelona magician who appears to be slowing down with age.

£17m summer signing, following his loan move last season, the 30-year-old contributed to seven goals in his first eight games on Villa Park.

He might still have plenty to offer, but if Pino was to join it would likely spell the beginning of the end for Gerrard’s main man.

Although, the experience Coutinho could bestow upon Emery’s star boy might see him reach heights far beyond his current ceiling.

It might be a move that benefits all parties and would be a true statement signing for the new manager.

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