The Brazilian midfielder, Philippe Coutinho, Barcelona big-money signing will be
offloaded to join Bayern Munich on loan as reported by our partner.
He was offered to a number of Premier League clubs before the English transfer window for
buying players slammed shut but were knocked back, and a move to the Bundesliga now
appears to be the next stage of Coutinho’s journey.
An agreement in principle has been put in place between the two clubs, with the deal almost
complete but not formally closed, with the player being left out of the La Liga season opener
against Athletic Bilbao as the move inches nearer.
Barcelona have often used Coutinho on the left wing and have just signed Antoine Griezmann
from Atletico Madrid, with the Frenchman joining Ousmane Dembele as an option on that flank
ahead of the Brazilian in the pecking order.
Additionally, the Catalan giants have been heavily linked with a move for former star Neymar, who
would be another big name ahead of Coutinho in an already stacked forward line.
However, when he arrived from Liverpool, the long-term vision for Coutinho was to replace
Andres Iniesta as a creative force in midfield. He was not often trusted to play in that position,
though, and now Frenkie de Jong has been added from Ajax, joining Arthur and Ivan Rakitic
as central options.