FC Barcelona and Aston Villa have reached an agreement to transfer Philippe Coutinho for 20 million euros

Philippe Coutinho moved to Aston Villa in January on a six-month loan; the Brazil international has now made his move permanent in a €20m (£17m) deal and agreed a four-year contract; Steven Gerrard: “It is incredible to work at a club that executes its business so decisively.”

The Brazil international, who made his Villa debut as a substitute against Manchester United on January 15, has so far contributed four goals and three assists in his 16 Premier League appearances.

As a result, Coutinho – who used to play alongside Gerrard at Liverpool – has now decided to swap the Camp Nou for the west Midlands, signing a four-year contract with the club.

The La Liga club said in a statement: “Barcelona would like to publicly state their thanks to Philippe Coutinho for his commitment and dedication, and wish him success and all the best for the future.”

Coutinho joined Barca from Liverpool in a £146m move in January 2018, and went on to score 26 goals in 106 games for the club.

However, he failed to live up to his huge transfer fee and was sent on loan to Bayern Munich for the 2019/20 campaign amid his struggles to get into the Barca side.