The talks between Vasco da Gama and Aston Villa for the transfer of Philippe Coutinho seems to be taking some unexpected developments.

Previous reports from Brazil had been claiming that the Rio de Janeiro side’s intention was to sign the midfielder on loan with an option to buy.

Now, as reported by UOL’s Bruno Andrade, Aston Villa are actually negotiating the end of Coutinho’s contract with the club.

It’s said the English club are working to ‘friendly rescind’ the player’s deal, as that would be a way to open doors for his free move to Vasco.

Aston Villa reportedly have no plans for Coutinho, and since they owe him some money, they’re making his exit easier.

According to UOL, Al-Duhail, who had the player on loan this season, had a clause to extend that spell, but that possibility is now ruled out.

It seems Coutinho is then ready to make a return home, even though it will take him a huge pay cut if he leaves his deal with Aston Villa for a fresh contract at Vasco.