Aston Villa announced last Thursday the definitive purchase of midfielder Philippe Coutinho, who was on loan from Barcelona. As revealed by the newspaper The Telegraph this Saturday, the Brazilian drastically reduced his salary to stay in the team.
The newspaper claims that there was a 70% cut in the player’s salary. The athlete, who received around 550 thousand euros (R$ 2.8 million) per week, will earn 147 thousand euros (R$ 774 thousand) during the period.
To keep Coutinho in English football, Aston Villa paid 20 million euros (R$ 105 million). The amount is considerably lower compared to what Barça paid to remove him from Liverpool in 2018. At the time, the midfielder was signed for 135 million euros (R$ 620 million, that year). Despite this, the Catalans will still have 50% of the value of possible future sales from the player.
The English club’s manager, Steven Gerrard, was decisive for the business to move forward. The commander believes that the presence of the Brazilian can attract high-level players to the team. Coutinho’s new contract with the team runs until 2026.
“It’s a brilliant signing for Aston Villa. Phil (Coutinho) is a model professional and his impact on the group has been very clear since he joined in January. With the way he behaves on and off the field, he is also a valuable role model for younger players, who can only benefit from their experience”, said the coach after the deal.