ASTON VILLA have launched a £12million bid for Philippe Coutinho, Berichten zufolge.
Villa Park chiefs believe they can get him for far less, jedoch.
Laut der E-Mail, the Midlands club have made an opening bid of £12m for the attacking midfielder.
Talks remain ongoing between the two clubs, with Villa confident a deal can be done.
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Barca are reportedly willing to sell for £12.9m, as they try and get Coutinho’s salary off the wage bill.
After agreeing a fee, Villa will have a challenge to agree a compromise on the former Bayern ace’s wage demands.
He has scored four goals and laid on three assists in 15 Prem outings this season.
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After sealing a deal for Coutinho, Villa will also look to sign a more defensive midfielder.
The Villans could go back in for Brighton ace Yves Bissouma, having been knocked back in the January transfer window.
While Leeds ace Kalvin Phillips is also on their wishlist.
Gerrard, 41, is set to be well backed by Villa’s owners this summer.
The ex-Rangers boss has had a mixed start to life at Villa Park, winning 10, drawing three and losing 11 of his 24 games at the helm since replacing Dean Smith.