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Coutinho wants to leave Aston Villa and return to Brazil just months after signing permanent deal

19:26 GMT+3 20/12/2022
Philippe Coutinho Aston Villa 2022-23
Aston Villa playmaker Philippe Coutinho wants to leave the Premier League side and return to Brazil, with Corinthians interested in his services.
  • Coutinho signed permanent deal in May
  • Wants to return to Brazil
  • Corinthians hoping to strike deal

WHAT'S HAPPENING? Philippe Coutinho wants to leave Aston Villa and return to Brazil, GOAL understands. The 30-year-old only signed a four-year permanent deal back in May and has attracted interest from Corinthians. Coutinho's agent, Kia Joorabchian, has a good relationship with the Brazilian side but a deal will be difficult due to the playmaker's high salary.

THE BIGGER PICTURE: Corinthians are unlikely to be able afford to sign Coutinho permanently but could try to land the 30-year-old on loan, with both clubs paying part of his salary. There is also a chance Villa could terminate Coutinho's deal but that scenario is considered to be more remote.

AND WHAT'S MORE: Coutinho signed for Aston Villa under previous manager Steven Gerrard and was a hit initially. However, the Brazilian's form has tailed off and he has only started six Premier League games so far in 2022-23 and is yet to manage a goal or an assist. It's not clear yet if Coutinho will be in new manager Unai Emery's plans for the future.

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WHAT NEXT? Coutinho may be hoping a deal can be struck during the January transfer window. Aston Villa return to action before the window opens against Liverpool on Boxing Day in the Premier League.