Since Philippe Coutinho arrived at Aston Villa in January, it’s been hard to find reasons to explain why the Premier League side would not trigger the buying option they have over him.

With four goals and three assists in his first 12 appearances, the Brazilian was able to show a quick impact at the club, with manager Steven Gerrard making it clear they’re happy with his spell so far.

And even though the coach admits that their plan is to pay the €40m to make the move permanent, we now see claims from the Spanish media saying the opposite.

Fichajes brings a story claiming the transfer has become ‘complicated’, as the figure is currently ‘unaffordable’ for Aston Villa. They even say that’s ‘confirmed’ by Steven Gerrard, despite the manager’s wish of keeping him.

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That’s undoubtedly a strange assumption to make. Because in today’s market, €40m certainly isn’t a lot, especially for a Premier League club, plus considering they’d be paying this for a player who’s already proved himself there.

Now with Fichajes sounding convinced that Coutinho is returning to Barcelona, we shall wait and see what happens ahead of the summer.