Philippe Coutinho to Aston Villa is done deal as he and Steven Gerrard reunite

Philippe Coutinho's return to the Premier League with Aston Villa is a done deal, with the Brazilian ace joining Steven Gerrard's side on loan until the end of the season.

Coutinho is set to fly into the UK later on Friday after agreeing a deal to leave Barcelona and move to Villa Park until the end of the season.

The move also includes an option to buy at the end of the season. It brings an end to the 29-year-old's miserable four-year spell at the Nou Camp after he made his name at Liverpool.

Considered one of the hottest properties in football when Barcelona shelled out a fee rising up to £142million in 2018, the winger failed to hit the same heights in Catalonia that he did at Anfield.

A move to Villa represents a chance for Coutinho to rediscover the form that saw him score 54 goals in 201 appearances during his time on Merseyside.

It is understood a switch came down to whether the Brazilian still had the same desire to fight it out in the Premier League, and a reunion with former team-mate Gerrard helped too.

He will become the Anfield legend's first signing since taking over as Villa manager.

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In 2015, Coutinho was asked about the qualities of the then-Liverpool captain and said: "He is an icon, one of my personal football heroes."

Gerrard made no secret of his admiration for Coutinho on Thursday when asked about the club's interest in the Barcelona winger.

"To share a dressing room and a pitch with Coutinho was an absolute pleasure," he said.

“He was on a level that very few footballers are on with his imagination and creativity. His highlights reels are there for all to see. The name speaks for itself.

"He is also linked to five-six other clubs in this league and I am sure there would be a long list of foreign clubs that are linked with Philippe’s services as well.

"You are talking about a world-class individual and player."

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