ATLANTA, GEORGIA—The Premier League campaign of Aston Villa just got a much-needed boost on Friday.
The team acquired via a loan FC Barcelona’s midfielder Philippe Coutinho.
Coutinho is expected to provide scoring and playmaking for Aston Villa.
Earlier, it was reported that the days of United States Men’s Soccer Team (USMNT) member Sergino Dest as a player of FC Barcelona are about to end in 2022.
According to the reports, Dest, a defender is one of the players Barcelona is prepared to listen to offers for in January to help fund other signings.
Given the struggles the club has encountered finding new clubs for the likes of Philippe Coutinho, Samuel Umtiti, and Neto in recent transfer windows, sources said that Barca is now open to offers for players they previously wanted to keep.
Dest, 21, is someone who fits that category, with sources saying Bayern Munich is one of the clubs interested in the USMNT international.
Barca signed Dest from Ajax for €20 million in 2020, beating Bayern to his signature. The German club has remained in contact with the player since, though, and sounded out a loan move earlier this year with an option to make the deal permanent next summer for around €25m.

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