Barcelona wanted Philippe Coutinho’s Villa loan to run until summer of 2023

Barcelona wanted Philippe Coutinho's loan move to Aston Villa to run for 18 months and through until the end of his contract in the summer of 2023.

Villa confirmed they had reached an agreement to bring the Brazilian back to the Premier League last Friday, signing him on an initial loan until the end of the season.

The club then unveiled their new signing on Tuesday after he arrived in England and he could make his debut for Villa this Saturday against Manchester United.

There is an option to buy clause included in the deal, allowing Villa to make the move permanent in the summer for £33million.

However, The Athletic report that Barca initially wanted any loan move for Coutinho this month to last for 18 months. rather than six.

This would see the 29-year-old remain away from the Nou Camp until the summer of 2023, when his contract with Barca is currently set to expire.

In addition, Barca's initial preference was for Coutinho to leave permanently this month so that they could free up more space in their salary cap.

With Villa paying a proportion of Coutinho's loan, enough of the cap has been cleared for Barca to register new signing Ferran Torres with La Liga.

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Initially, it appeared that Barca may not have the finances available to register their new £50million winger.

On allowing Coutinho to join Villa, one source told The Athletic: “Not having to pay his wages any more is fundamental."

A host of Premier League clubs had been interested in signing the former Liverpool man but it was Villa who won the race, partly thanks to their manager Steven Gerrard.

Coutinho and Gerrard played alongside eachother 81 times for Liverpool between 2013 and 2015.

Barcelona signed Coutinho from Liverpool back in 2018 for just over £120million, the second largest transfer fee in the club's history and the highest transfer fee a British club has ever received for a player.

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