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Philippe Coutinho ‘accepts massive 70% wage cut’ to complete £17m permanent move to Aston Villa

Philippe Coutinho ‘accepts a massive 70% pay cut’ to complete permanent £17m move to Aston Villa from Barcelona as Steven Gerrard contemplates a ‘major revamp’ of the team this summer’ with Kalvin Phillips as its main objective

  • Philippe Coutinho completed his £17m move to Aston Villa on Friday
  • The Brazilian left Barcelona after joining in January 2018 for £142m
  • He reportedly had wages of over £470k a week before tax, but is now down to £125k
  • Steven Gerrard described the permanent deal as a ‘brilliant signing for Villa’

Philippe Coutinho has reportedly agreed a massive 70 per cent pay cut to complete his £17m move to Aston Villa from Barcelona on Friday.

The Premier League club confirmed it had reached a permanent deal to sign the Brazilian playmaker, bringing him on loan in January, with the 29-year-old signing a four-year deal.

Now, The Telegraph reports that Coutinho has taken a cut of more than 70 per cent to complete the move: his £470,000-a-week salary at Barca has now been reduced to around £125,000-a-week.

Philippe Coutinho has completed a permanent move to Aston Villa from Barcelona

Philippe Coutinho has completed a permanent move to Aston Villa from Barcelona

Coutinho arrived on loan in January after being considered surplus to Barcelona's requirements

Coutinho arrived on loan in January after being considered surplus to Barcelona’s requirements

The report details that Coutinho agreed to leave such was his desire to definitively return to English football.

He added that Steven Gerrard is targeting a major revamp of his squad this summer, with Leeds midfielder and England international Kalvin Phillips his main target.

Gerrard believes the signing of Coutinho will attract more big-name players to Aston Villa this summer.

“I’ve only experienced one window at Villa, but I remember sitting down with Lucas Digne in January and he was like, ‘What’s going on with Coutinho?'” Gerrard said.

Players ask questions. They want to know who they are going to play with and they want to play with good players.

‘If we are going to achieve things, the players want to know that they will do it with other good players. That’s the way it is.

Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard (left) hopes the Brazil international will improve further

Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard (left) hopes the Brazil international will improve further

‘Philippe is still in his prime. When he came here, he wasn’t really fit and it would always take time for him to settle down, but he will be a great player here for years to come.”

Gerrard also said: “Having him here full-time and settled will take him up another notch because that feeling of knowing where he’s going to play his football for the next four years will help him settle down.”

‘He is a player who needs to feel loved; he needs to feel supported.

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