Aston Villa will be keen to remove some players from their squad early this summer so they can have more clarity over Unai Emery’s budget for the upcoming transfer window.

With wages and transfer payments counting towards financial sustainability rules, removing footballers who aren’t part of Emery’s key plans will be a key task for Monchi in the coming weeks.

Philippe Coutinho is very much in that bracket and claims from Brazil over the past week have talked up a move to Vasco da Gama. Whilst that didn’t seem financially realistic initially, it’s looking more of a possibility with each day that goes by.

Álvaro Pacheco arrived in Brazil at the weekend to become manager at Vasco, and was asked about Coutinho.

There’s been claims Aston Villa have agreed to loan the player to Vasco until the end of the domestic season, which would be this winter.

Asked about a potential deal, Pacheco is quoted by O Dia as saying: “He is a super experienced player, with a fantastic career. If he comes, he will be very welcome by everyone.”

This one looks like a matter of time until it’s confirmed, unless there’s any last minute hitches relating to the finances of a deal.