Barcelona’s Philippe Coutinho has joined Bayern Munich on a one-year loan worth €8.5 million ($9.5 million) with an alternative to purchasing, the Spanish club affirmed Monday.
“The agreement provides for an option for Bayern to buy at a €120-million fee,” Barcelona,” Barcelona said.
The 27-year-old Brazilian joined Barcelona from Liverpool in January 2018 for an underlying €120 million of every an arrangement that incorporated another €40 million in potential additional items.
In any case, the international midfielder’s spell at Barcelona never worked out as hoped despite huge excitement around his arrival at the Camp Nou.
— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) August 19, 2019
At first, attempted in midfield where he plays for Brazil, Coutinho was pushed into the front three by Ernesto Valverde last season however the turn never satisfied and fans infrequently witnessed the form he appeared at Liverpool.
“Coutinho: a story of a massive disaster,” headlined Monday’s Barcelona-based Sport newspaper.
Speculation about his future had shadowed Coutinho over the mid-year with French victors Paris Saint-Germain referenced as a feasible goal in a deal connected to a potential Neymar come back to Barcelona.
Coutinho’s place in the side looked unsteady after the entry of French World Cup victor Antoine Griezmann from Atletico in July and he was let alone for the squad for the first round of the new La Liga season on Friday, a 1-0 misfortune to Athletic Bilbao.
The player, who has scored 21 goals in 75 games for Barca in all rivalries notwithstanding being agitated, said he was charmed with the transition to Germany.
“For me, this move means a new challenge in a new country with one of the best clubs in Europe,” Coutinho said on Bayern’s website.
“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.”
The German club trust he will give reinforcement in an assault following the flight of veteran pair Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery toward the part of the arrangement.
“With his creativity and outstanding skills, Philippe is a player who will immediately strengthen our attack,” Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said.