Barcelona puts heat on Villa to make Coutinho call

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Barcelona has given Aston Villa until the end of the month to confirm whether it will sign Coutinho on a permanent deal, Sport is reporting.

The cash-strapped Catalan giant loaned Coutinho to Villa in January with a €40million (£33.7m) purchase option, but Villa has now been given until the end of May to finalise the deal.

Barcelona has reportedly insisted that the finances be resolved by the end of June, as it would help balance its accounts for the season. 

The 29-year-old has played erratically despite four goals and three assists in 14 appearances, not directly contributing to a league goal since early March against Leeds.

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