Coutinho completes Bayern loan move from Barcelona

Philippe Coutinho is headed to Bayern Munich on loan from Barcelona, with the Bundesliga champions owning an option to buy.

Coutinho completed his medical yesterday in Munich   -  Getty Images

Philippe Coutinho has completed his season-long loan move from Barcelona to Bayern Munich, which has an option to make the deal permanent for €120million.

La Liga champion Barca revealed the potential future fee is on top of an initial €8.5m loan payment.

 

The figures fall short of the €160m deal that Barca negotiated with Liverpool in January 2018.

Coutinho's switch from England to Spain attracted plenty of fanfare but he failed to deliver on expectations and spent periods out of Ernesto Valverde's preferred XI last season.

Barca is reported to have offered the midfield misfit to Paris Saint-Germain in a player-plus-cash exchange for Neymar.

Premier League clubs Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham were also linked with the former Inter man, but Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic said the 27-year-old expressed firm interest in a move to Allianz Arena.

"Philippe made it very clear to us during the negotiations in Barcelona that he absolutely wanted to move to Bayern," Salihamidzic said.

"He's a world-class player with great ability, who we can deploy in a number of positions in our forward line, so the Bayern squad has gained even more quality.

"Philippe Coutinho will help us achieve the ambitious targets we've set for this season."