Cash-rich Newcastle ‘are ready to offer Barcelona’s Philippe Coutinho a £1 MILLION bonus to convince him to join them above Aston Villa this summer’… the Brazilian proving a resounding success on loan in the midlands
- Philippe Coutinho joined Aston Villa on loan during the January transfer window
- The Brazilian wanted to work with his former Liverpool team-mate Steven Gerrard
- New report in Spain claims Newcastle United considering summer deal
Newcastle are reportedly preparing a mega-bonus of £1million in a bid to lure Philippe Coutinho to the north-east this summer.
According to Sportsthe Magpies have already started exploring a deal for the Brazilian through intermediaries with a significant bonus in the direction of Coutinho should he go for Newcastle.
Coutinho has been a revelation since swapping Barcelona for Aston Villa on loan in January, scoring four goals and adding three assists in 10 appearances so far.
Philippe Coutinho found his best form at Aston Villa working for Steven Gerrard
Eddie Howe’s Newcastle are reportedly starting to consider a summer move for Coutinho
A permanent move to Villa Park is said to be Barcelona’s ‘priority’, with a deal on offer at around £33.5million – but reported interest from Newcastle could complicate any move to the Midlands.
Cash-strapped Barcelona ‘are unwilling to accept discounts from Villa’ if better offers come from elsewhere.
Arsenal have also been credited with an interest in the former Liverpool playmaker.
Newcastle found themselves in a fierce relegation battle in January but key signings of Dan Burn, Kieran Trippier, Chris Wood, Matt Targett and Bruno Guimaraes propelled Eddie Howe’s side to 14th in the table.
While Newcastle have been cautious about expectations this summer with money having no objections under Saudi owners, the report in Spain says they are seen in the northeast as a key player to build on. as they seek to win trophies.
Coutinho has been a revelation at Villa Park on loan, with four goals and three assists so far
He earns £480,000 a week at Barcelona which he won’t match in England
The 29-year-old’s whopping £480,000 weekly salary at Camp Nou will not be matched in England and Villa are currently paying just under 25% of that weekly salary for six months, or around £120,000 a week.
Villa boss Steven Gerrard has made no secret of the fact that he would like the club to sign his former Liverpool team-mate at the end of the season.
But Gerrard has also welcomed interest in Coutinho from rival clubs as it proves Villa pulled off a coup by signing the Brazilian in January.
“For me, it doesn’t make sense to make any decisions now,” Gerrard said last month when asked if they were pushing to get Coutinho permanently.
“When he’s physically in the right place, when he’s comfortable and happy and loves his football, we all know we’re dealing with world-class talent.”
“We just have to continue to enjoy him, keep him healthy until the end of the season and I’m sure he will help us. Watch him and work with him and see him get back to his best form and enjoy new to his football is a pleasure.
Gerrard wants to keep Coutinho but has welcomed interest from rival Premier League clubs
Asked if Villa is where Coutinho would fall in love with the game again, Gerrard added: “Phil was successful at Barcelona but he also had difficult times.” It got to the point where it needed a change of scenery and a different film.
“We want to be that movie for him because if we’re going to get to where we want to be, we have to build it around talent like Phil because at his best he’s a top player.
“All good teams have game changers that the opponent really cares about before a ball is kicked. Phil has that status and he gives confidence to his teammates.
“Our strikers Ollie Watkins and Danny Ings want him in their side because he delivers on the big stage. I don’t control transfer fees or wages.
“All I can do is give my opinion to (sporting director) Johan Lange, (general manager) Christian Purslow and the owners. They are watching the games and they will make the final decision. Phil has shown what he is up to. capable so far.