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Corinthians want to sign Aston Villa's Philippe Coutinho on loan, reveals their club president

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Corinthians want to sign Aston Villa's Philippe Coutinho on loan, reveals their club president

Brazilian giants Corinthians want to sign Philippe Coutinho, their club president has revealed – with the Aston Villa star yet to start a game under new boss Unai Emery – but admits it is ‘a very difficult deal’

Brazilian club Corinthians are pushing to sign Aston Villa playmaker Philippe Coutinho on loan this year.

The former Liverpool and Barcelona player joined Villa permanently for £17m in the summer of 2022 after a successful loan spell, but Corinthians are keen to bring the Brazilian back to his homeland.

He has yet to score a goal or provide an assist for the Villains in 16 appearances this season, while he also suffered a muscle injury that ruled him out of Brazil’s World Cup squad. It is thought that those struggles could persuade Coutinho to leave Villa for Brazilian football.

Aston Villa playmaker Philippe Coutinho is wanted on loan by Brazilian club Corinthians

Aston Villa playmaker Philippe Coutinho is wanted on loan by Brazilian club Corinthians

As reported by Spanish outlet Sport, Corinthians president Duilio Monteiro Alves said: ‘The contact exists and the desire is there, but it is a very difficult deal.

‘We want the player on loan, but while the transfer window in Europe is open, everything is very difficult. It’s a very premature operation but we have to try.’

The club are in talks with Aston Villa and the player’s representation, with the aim of striking a deal in the next few months.

Brazilian regulations could allow Coutinho to join Corinthians outside of the January transfer window in Europe, although Villa would not be able to buy a replacement if they wanted to.

However, new manager Unai Emery has not included Coutinho in his starting line-ups since taking the hotseat, and he is not relying on the 30-year-old from Rio de Janeiro to make up his squad numbers, especially because of his lack. of form and injury problems so far this season.

Barcelona will reap some of the benefits if Aston Villa go ahead with the quick sale of Coutinho.

Coutinho's former club Barcelona will reap some of the benefits if Aston Villa choose to sell

Coutinho’s former club Barcelona will reap some of the benefits if Aston Villa choose to sell

Alves also revealed that Corinthians are looking to sign Cristiano Ronaldo after his acrimonious exit from Manchester United, offering the Portuguese star the same pay check he earns from the Red Devils.

However, the 37-year-old has opted to move to Saudi Arabia’s Al-Nassr, where he will earn a whopping £175m-a-year, 20 times more than his Old Trafford pay packet, and a proposed income of I hope he will make money. with the Corinthians.

Corinthians finished fourth in the Brazilian top-flight last year. Under new manager Fernando Lazaro, their new campaign will begin in April.

Competitive fixtures will soon return to Sao Paulo’s 16-team top-flight league starting on January 15.