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Gerrard 'key' as Aston Villa reach Coutinho agreement with Barcelona

Aston Villa have a deal in place with Barcelona for Philippe Coutinho.

That is according to transfer specialist Fabrizio Romano, who claims former Liverpool team-mate Steven Gerrard was the 'key' to convincing the Brazil international to sign. The former Bayern Munich and Inter Milan playmaker is currently on loan with Gerrard's side, but is now set to agree a permanent return to the Premier League.

Romano confirmed on Wednesday night that a breakthrough had been reached in negotiations.

He posted: "Total agreement reached between Barcelona and Aston Villa for Philippe Coutinho. The deal is now completed and set to be announced: Coutinho will become Aston Villa player on a permanent deal. Steven Gerrard was key for Philippe to continue with Aston Villa."


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