The Harambee Stars captain could soon be lining up alongside former Liverpool and Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho if Aston Villa reach a deal with Al Duhail
Michael Olunga could be lining up alongside former Liverpool and Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho after Al Duhail approached Aston Villa over the transfer of the player.
According to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, the Qatar Stars League champions have made a formal approach to Villa but a bid has not been submitted yet with discussions going on on the player's side.
"Al Duhail have approached Aston Villa for Philippe Coutinho but there’s still no formal bid on the table," Romano posted on social media.
"Discussions advanced on player side, not yet on club side. Talks will follow in the next days to understand if Coutinho will join the Qatari side."
This potential move could mark a shift in the career of the former Barcelona and Liverpool player.
At 31 years old, Coutinho has been a notable figure in the football world, renowned for his skills on the field and his ability to make a difference in crucial matches.
Joining Al Duhail could signify a new chapter in his career and an opportunity to experience football in a different context.
An attacking midfielder with an eye for goal and good at creating chances for his teammates, Coutinho and Olunga could form a great partnership at Al Duhail with the Kenyan striker benefiting immensely from his creativity.
Coutinho likes to play in the No10 role just behind the striker and can also be deployed out wide.
Since joining Villa initially on a loan deal in January 2021, Coutinho has scored six goals in 64 Premier League games but has recently fallen down the pecking order under coach Unai Emery.
Barcelona stands to gain from this transfer, as the club retained 50 percent of any future profit from Coutinho's sale.