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FILE – Barcelona’s Philippe Coutinho, left, scores his team’s third goal during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Valencia at Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, ​​Spain on Sunday, October 17, 2021. Aston Villa strengthened his team by taking Philippe Coutinho on loan from Barcelona. (AP Photo / Joan Monfort, file)

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Newcastle entered their first Saudi-owned transfer window on Friday by signing full-back Kieran Trippier from Atletico Madrid, and Aston Villa brought Philippe Coutinho back to the Premier League on loan after he failed to make an impact in Barcelona.

The acquisition of Trippier highlights the level of player Newcastle can attract now that they are one of the richest clubs in the world, although Barcelona’s purchase of Coutinho from Liverpool in January 2018 may serve as a highlight. caution against overspending.

Trippier, who started for England in the European Championship final in July, traded the Spanish champions for a side struggling with relegation to the Premier League, which reportedly cost Newcastle £ 12million ( $ 16.25 million).

Newcastle sit second to last in the league having won just one of their 19 games so far. His chances of escaping relegation may hinge on the success of his January transfer window.

Resources available to the club are significantly higher than those of their relegation rivals following the Saudi sovereign wealth fund buyout of Newcastle in October, and more high-profile signings could follow this month.

Trippier returns to the Premier League two and a half years after leaving Tottenham to join Atletico. He was previously at Burnley under the management of Eddie Howe, who is currently in charge of Newcastle.

“I really enjoyed my time in Madrid, but when I realized the interest of Newcastle United and after working with Eddie Howe before, I knew this was where I wanted to be,” said declared Trippier. “I am aware that there is a lot of work ahead of us, but I know the demands of the Premier League well and I know how an incredible club they are with very talented players.”

Villa loaned Coutinho for the remainder of the season with an option to buy the Brazilian midfielder.

The move reunites Coutinho, 29, with Villa manager Steven Gerrard. They were teammates at Liverpool.

Coutinho became one of the most expensive players in football history when Barcelona paid Liverpool a transfer fee of $ 192 million, but the playmaker often struggled at Camp Nou and passed the 2019-2020 season on loan at Bayern Munich.

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