Philippe Coutinho is poised to depart Aston Villa and embark on a new journey in Qatar, specifically with Al Duhail, as reported by Fabrizio Romano.
Personal terms have been agreed upon, and an official announcement is expected imminently. The move entails a one-year loan arrangement, with Al Duhail SC assuming all his financial obligations.
Established in 2009, Al Duhail SC has already clinched eight titles and is among the most successful clubs in Qatar. The team is managed by legendary Argentine Hernán Crespo, although it doesn’t boast any widely recognized stars, except for Portuguese player Ruben Semedo.
Coutinho’s career took a downturn after his decision to depart Liverpool for Barcelona in 2018. He struggled to meet the high expectations at the Catalan club, leading to loan spells at Bayern Munich and eventually Aston Villa, who acquired him for €20 million last summer. However, Barcelona retained a 50% stake in any future sale.
The 31-year-old Brazilian is now embarking on a loan adventure with virtually no transfer fee, at least until the potential buyout by Al Duhail SC next summer.