Coutinho wants permanent Aston Villa transfer as Gerrard's side aim to push Barcelona's €40m price down

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The Brazil international wants to make the switch to Villa Park on a permanent deal but the club hope to negotiate a lower price with the Blaugrana

The coming days will be decisive for Philippe Coutinho's future as he hopes to secure a permanent transfer to Aston Villa from Barcelona.

The Brazil international has impressed since joining the Premier League side on loan in a deal which included an option to buy him outright for €40 million (£34m/$42m).

Villa are eager to complete a deal to land 29-year-old, but GOAL reported this week that they face competition from Newcastle.

Does Coutinho want to stay at Aston Villa?

GOAL understands that Coutinho hopes to complete a permanent move to Villa Park this summer and has already signaled his desire to the Camp Nou side.

Villa would rather not fork out the full €40m to get him, however, and hope to talk Barca down from the price they initially agreed upon.

Club officials will meet with Barcelona representatives this week to negotiate a new price.

But while Villa would rather pay around half of that fee - around €20m (£17m/$21m), Barca do not want to settle for such a low fee. They would be open to parting ways with him for closer to €30m (£26m/$32m).

How has Coutinho performed for Aston Villa?

Coutinho arrived at Aston Villa in January after failing to cement a place in the Barcelona starting XI at the start of the season.

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He has made 16 appearances in the Premier League for Steven Gerrard's team, scoring four goals and setting up a further three.

Villa manager Gerrard admitted as early as March that his side wanted to sign him on a permanent basis but the former Liverpool star warned that it would not be a straightforward deal.

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