Bayern Munich have completed a move for Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho on a season-long loan with an option to buy.
Bayern will pay the entirety of Coutinho’s wages, as well as a loan fee believed to be around £7.78m.
Philippe Coutinho officially joins Bayern Munich on loan; will wear No. 10
The Brazilian completed his medical last night and has officially been confirmed as a Bayern Munich player.
— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) August 19, 2019
Coutinho has been linked with an exit from Barcelona all summer. He has struggled to adapt to life in Spain following his high-profile move from Liverpool in the 2018 winter transfer window.
Not expected to be a part of Ernesto Valverde’s plans this season following the arrivals of Antoine Griezmann and Frenkie de Jong among others, Coutinho has been on the lookout for a potential suitor.
He came close to joining Tottenham Hotspur but opted against a loan move to Pochettino’s side.
Coutinho was also expected to be used as a makeweight in a deal to bring Neymar back to Barcelona. However, PSG turned that move down, thereby opening the door to Bayern.
Coutinho looking forward to new challenge
The Bavarians have acted quickly to complete the loan move, with Coutinho expected to play a major role in the team this season.
Speaking for the first time after joining Bayern, Coutinho said:
“For me, this move means a new challenge in a new country with one of the best clubs in Europe. I’m very much looking forward to that. Like FC Bayern, I have big ambitions and I’m convinced that I can achieve them together with my new teammates.”
Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge expressed his delight at the developments and also his gratitude tow Barcelona for allowing the deal to go through smoothly.
“We’ve been working on bringing in Philippe Coutinho for quite some time and we’re very happy that we’ve been able to complete this transfer. Our thanks go to FC Barcelona for agreeing to the transfer. With his creativity and outstanding skills, Philippe is a player who will immediately strengthen our attack.”
Coutinho will wear the No. 10 shirt at Bayern this season.