Qatari Club Closes In on Transfer for Aston Villa Star Philippe Coutinho

Qatari Club Closes In on Transfer for Aston Villa Star Philippe Coutinho

Ero Samson
updated at September 1, 2023 at 4:35 PM
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  • Philippe Coutinho has struggled to secure regular playing time since his transfer to Aston Villa
  • The Brazilian midfield star has consistently been plagued with injuries
  • Coutinho could be in line to complete a transfer to Qatari club Al Duhail

Philippe Coutinho’s second spell in the Premier League has undoubtedly not gone to plan as scripted by many.

The Brazilian midfielder, who was met with a rapturous return following his disappointing spell at La Liga giants Barcelona, was quick to light up the stage with impressive goals and immense contributions to the Clarets under Steven Gerard.

However, his purple patch soon came to an end following the sacking of Gerrard and the appointment of current coach Unai Emery.

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Philippe Coutinho's time at Aston Villa has been plagued with injuries. Image: James Gill - Danehouse.
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The former Inter Milan prodigy found his game time drastically limited and his attempts to win the trust of his new manager were marred by the endless injuries he sustained.

Following the signings of Moussa Diaby and Nicolo Zaniolo, the 31-year-old has found his time on the field of play drastically limited.

Coutinho has so far featured for a total of 24 minutes in Aston Villa’s three Premier League games this season; hence the talks of a departure for the attacker have resurfaced.

Countinho to leave Aston Villa

The Brazilian international was linked with a move to Spanish La Liga side Real Betis. However, reports from outlet Mundo Derportivo state the attacker had turned down the offer from the Sevillle-based club.

Recent reports from transfer expert Fabrizio Romano state a transfer deal for Coutinho to Qatari club Al Duhail could be wrapped up soon.

The former Bayern Munich midfielder could join the list of European stars moving to the Middle East with reports stating both parties already agreed to personal terms.

Coutinho who is believed to fancy the new adventure in Qatar, will hope both clubs can agree on a fee as the European transfer window draws to a close.

League Two club mocks Coutinho

Sports Brief in a previous report stated English League Two club Stevenage FC, following their shock FA Cup victory over Aston Villa at Villa Park, took a swipe at Philippe Coutinho.

The Brazilian had an underwhelming game against the League Two outfit and was replaced in the 66th minute.

The former Liverpool player has failed to regain the form he had when he initially joined the Midlands club from Barcelona.

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Samson Ero is a sports journalist with a track record of over five years in the Nigerian media industry. He graduated from Nigerian Institute of Journalism (2021-2023).