Philippe Coutinho salary, £ 30million transfer fee, Manchester United debut – Aston Villa live q & a

Aston Villa have made the successful deal to bring Philippe Coutinho to Villa Park.

This is by far the most high-profile signing in recent memory for Villa fans, as Steven Gerrard signals a true declaration of intent after landing his first signing as manager following his appointment in November.

At the heart of Villa’s loan deal, Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens will fund a portion – estimated at around 65% – of Coutinho’s £ 380,000-a-week salary.

Villa, meanwhile, confirmed that an option to buy was in place at the end of the season if Gerrard wanted to trigger charges estimated north of £ 30million.

Coutinho is still in quarantine following a positive Covid test, but will fly to Birmingham in the next 48 hours for a medical examination.

BirminghamLive’s Aston Villa writer Ashley Preece has been in constant dialogue with journalists in Barcelona and, since 3:30 p.m. From then on, he will host a live Q&A with Villa fans to discuss the next step for Coutinho and how he fits under Gerrard.

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There is a whole series of questions that will arise over the next few weeks; Coutinho ready to start next week against Manchester United? Can we expect to see Coutinho who lit up the Premier League at Anfield? What will the signing do for the Villa’s dressing room and, in particular, what will the addition of Coutinho mean for Emi Buendia?

To get involved in our Live Q&A which starts at 3:30 p.m., just use the comments section at the bottom or click here to enter directly. You can drop your questions and talking points in the box below and Ashley will come back to them later to answer them.

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