Bayern Munich have officially completed the signing of Philippe Coutinho on a season long loan from Barcelona. The Bavarian giants will pay the Spanish champions a loan fee of 8.5 million euros, with an option to make the deal permanent for 120 million euros at the end of his stint at the Allianz Arena. Bayern will also bear his wages in their entirety.
Coutinho joined Barca from Liverpool for £142m 18 months ago, but hasn’t quite been able to live up to expectations at the Nou Camp. He was widely linked with a switch back to the Premier League, with his former club touted as a possible destination and Arsenal and Spurs also said to be interested, but no deal materialised before transfer deadline day in England (August 8)
Barcelona were also eager to use the Brazilian in a cash exchange offer to bring Neymar back to the Nou Camp, but Coutinho was apparently not keen on a move to the Parc des Princes, and preferred to join Bayern instead.
The 27 year old has been given the No.10 jersey at Bayern, previously worn by club legend Arjen Robben, which shows the high esteem Bayern hold him in, and the expectations they have of the little Brazilian. Continue reading Bayern sign Coutinho on loan