Philippe Coutinho 'very close' to transfer as Liverpool reunion verdict given

Philippe Coutinho in action for Qatari club Al Duhail
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Aston Villa winger and former Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho is reportedly very close to sealing a transfer to his boyhood club, Vasco da Gama.

According to The Telegraph's John Percy, the 32-year-old will be sent out on loan to the club that developed him prior to his first big transfer to Inter. It is understood that the switch is welcomed by all parties, as Unai Emery does not see him in his plans at Villa Park.

Coutinho was a fan favourite at Anfield when he signed from the Serie A giants in 2013. The Brazilian would make 201 appearances for the Reds, scoring 54 goals and bagging 43 assists in the process.

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However, the opinion of the midfielder soured slightly in 2018 when he pushed for a January transfer to Barcelona. Things did not work out for Coutinho in Catalonia, but earlier this year, the midfielder insisted he held no regrets for leaving Merseyside in the manner that he did.

"No. At no time [do I have any regret]," he said. "Things did not turn out as I imagined, as people expected, as I expected because I am the first to demand of myself on the field, I tell myself that I have to give more on the field.

"I tried everything, I have always been very professional and I don’t regret anything. It was always my dream to play for Barca and I went there, I enjoyed it, I was able to meet many people, win titles and it will always be in the story of my life."

After a torrid stint at Camp Nou, which included a more successful loan spell at Bayern Munich, Coutinho returned to the Premier League with Villa in 2022, initially on loan before the deal was made permanent.

Having fallen out of favour in the West Midlands, Coutinho spent last season on loan in Qatar with Al Duhail. He has since returned to the UK, but it appears he will be flying back out to South America again soon, ending any chances of a reunion with Liverpool next season.