Philippe Coutinho has been a revelation at Aston Villa since joining the club on loan in January.
The Brazilian arrived at Villa Park with many doubting his abilities to still contribute in the Premier League. After all, his form had dropped off a cliff since moving to Barcelona, with the La Liga club desperate to offload him over the last few transfer windows.
However, Coutinho looks completely rejuvenated over the last couple of months. Linking up with former teammate Steven Gerrard, he has already produced a number of moments of magic in a Villa shirt.
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The Premier League club have an option to sign the player for a fee of €40million this summer, something they will certainly look to trigger. In saying that, they could face some competition for his signature.
Philippe Coutinho drawing interest from other PL clubs
SPORT are reporting that Arsenal are eyeing a move for Philippe Coutinho this summer, while Spurs and West Ham could also enter the fray.
While Aston Villa have the option to purchase the 29-year old, the decision as to where he will sign will be down to the player himself. It is looking increasingly likely that Arsenal could be playing Champions League football next season, making a potential decision all the more interesting.
Whether Coutinho would turn his back on his current club is another question. He knows better than most how a move to a new team is no guarantee of success, with the playmaker certainly enjoying his time in Birmingham.
Steven Gerrard recently admitted that he hopes to see Philippe Coutinho remain at the club:
I think you all know what my decision would be.
This is not as straightforward as people think. There's obviously an option in place (£33 million). Barcelona still own the player. Phil's got to obviously want to be here, in terms of the bigger picture, but he's enjoying his football.
I know the owners are ambitious and we'll analyse it as we go along but, if it was totally on me and it was my cash, you'd know what I'd do.
With the manager having a good relationship with the player as he attempts to build a European contender at Aston Villa, they surely remain the favourites to sign him on a permanent deal in the months ahead.