BARCELONA, SPAIN - DECEMBER 04: Philippe Coutinho of FC Barcelona looks on during the La Liga Santander match between FC Barcelona and Real Betis at Camp Nou on December 04, 2021 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Eric Alonso/Getty Images)
Photo by Eric Alonso/Getty Images

Aston Villa have joined the race for FC Barcelona attacker Philippe Coutinho, who is likely to leave the La Liga giants this January.

According to Goal Brasil, Steven Gerrard’s side are interested in signing the former Liverpool star, with the Reds and Tottenham also chasing Coutinho this month.

Barcelona have to sell in the January window, and Coutinho is one of the big names on the chopping block for Xavi Hernandez’s side. The Catalan side signed the playmaker four years ago for a club-record fee of £142m according to BBC Sport.

With the attacker in the last 18 months of his Barcelona contract, Coutinho looks set to leave the Nou Camp this month, and Villa are now reportedly chasing the Brazilian.

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Indeed, Gerrard and Coutinho played together for Liverpool in the 2013/14 season where the Reds came close to lifting the Premier League title. And now, the duo could be reunited at Villa Park.

It would take a momentous financial effort for Villa to lure Coutinho to the club. However, with Gerrard at the helm, the Liverpool link could be enough to win the playmaker to the Premier League side this month.

And on social media, Villa fans are in disbelief that Gerrard’s side are now chasing Coutinho, especially given the finances that would be involved with such a deal.

Villa fans react as club join January chase for Coutinho

PAMPLONA, SPAIN - DECEMBER 12: Philippe Coutinho of FC Barcelona reacts during the La Liga Santander match between CA Osasuna and FC Barcelona at Estadio El Sadar on December 12, 2021 in Pamplona, Spain. (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)
Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images

Villa signing Coutinho would be one of the shock signings of the window. And fans are stunned that the Brazilian seems to be a realistic target this January.

Here’s what some Villa fans had to say about the club’s interest in Coutinho on Twitter…

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