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Barcelona fans pile in as Philippe Coutinho transfer demands to Newcastle emerge

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Newcastle United could sabotage Aston Villa’s plans to bring Philippe Coutinho on permanently this summer.

That’s according to reports in Spain, with outlet Sport claiming the Magpies have expressed interest in signing Coutinho. Coutinho arrived on loan from Barcelona in January until the end of the season and has so far scored seven goals in ten games for the burgundy and blue.

Villa have the option to make the transfer permanent this summer for around £33m, and Coutinho appears to be enjoying life under former Liverpool team-mate Steven Gerrard. Barca were keen to remove Coutinho from their wage bill, and with his deal at the end of next season, they can make some money on the Brazilian and change his contract as well.

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Villa may have to beat competition from their Premier League rivals for Coutinho’s signature if he continues his good form. Arsenal and Newcastle have both been linked with a move for Coutinho, and there is a very real fear Villa could end up being a showcase for Coutinho.

They have that option to sign him, but the player has to agree to the move as well. Newcastle have reportedly contacted Barcelona officially through representatives to try and set up the circumstances to seal the deal.

Eddie Howe’s side are brimming with cash following their takeover by the Saudi sovereign wealth fund, but it remains to be seen what their approach to the summer transfer window will be. Barcelona are looking to move into the summer window, with superstar forwards Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe linked with moves to Camp Nou.

They will hope to have more leeway financially as they seek to return to the top of European football under head coach Xavi. “He’s a wise man, he knows what’s good for his career,” a Barcelona fan said of Coutinho’s situation on social media platform Twitter.

“I say Coutinho is going to Newcastle because in two or three years they will be fighting for all the titles and honours,” added another while a third supporter said: “Barca have already made it clear that Villa have priority if he pays the £33m.” “If he is happy at Villa it would be better if they buy them,” said another.

A fifth fan added: “If a move to Newcastle goes through it would be a win for all.”

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