Bayern lets Coutinho's purchase option expire, confirms Rummenigge

Philippe Coutinho arrived with the option to buy for €120million but Bayern Munich has opted not to exercise the deal.

Philippe Coutinho in action for Bayern Munich   -  Bongarts

Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge revealed the Bundesliga champion has not activated its purchase option for Philippe Coutinho and the clause has now expired.

Coutinho joined Bayern on a season-long loan deal from La Liga holder Barcelona at the start of the 2019-20 campaign but has struggled to establish himself in Munich.

The Brazil international arrived with the option to buy for €120million but Bayern has opted not to exercise the deal, though Rummenigge did not close the door on Coutinho.

"The option expired and we haven't activated it," Rummenigge told German magazine Der Spiegel.

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"We're going to plan our squad for next season and we'll see if he still has a role to play with us or not."

Coutinho has failed to live up to the hype since swapping Liverpool for Barca in a blockbuster transfer in 2018.

The 27-year-old has scored eight goals and set up another six goals in 22 Bundesliga matches for Bayern this season, which has been disrupted by coronavirus.

As Bayern reportedly eyes Bayer Leverkusen star Kai Havertz and Manchester City's Leroy Sane, Coutinho does not appear to be at the top of the club's list.

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