Attacking midfielder Philippe Coutinho has been having a torrid time ever since he left Liverpool for Barcelona. Now, the Brazilian player has been linked to a move away from Camp Nou. The only question that remains is, where can he go?
The Brazil international has struggled to hit top form during his Barcelona tenure. All this was in spite of the fact that he looked like a world class player in his time in the Premier League with Liverpool.
According to the Daily Mirror, Philippe Coutinho was turned down by both Arsenal and Tottenham this summer. Apparently, the reason was Barcelona demanding too high a loan fee for the Brazilian star. With so many juicy transfers, newcomers to the market need to know how betting on football works in the various footballing leagues
Now, it seems to be that the 27-year-old may be heading to German shores, according to a tweet from RAC1 journalist Marta Ramon. As it turns out, she has had confirmation of talks with Bayern over an initial loan with a view to a permanent transfer.
This move could make sense for Coutinho as an ideal opportunity to kick-start his career once again. This is especially since Bayern are playing in a slightly less competitive league. In addition to that, the Bundesliga outfit have more room in their squad for a player of his type.
This is because the Bundesliga giants lost both Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery earlier this summer. So, their need for players is urgent, with the need to strengthen the side with proven players in attack. Shipping out the Brazilian is considered key to Barca’s hopes of bringing back Neymar
Coutinho could surely do a job for them if he gets back to his best and Bayern fans will surely be excited at the prospect of seeing him at the Allianz Arena.
It’s a shame a move back to England with Arsenal or Spurs did not work out, as Coutinho lit up these shores during his days at Anfield.
The stylish South American playmaker could have been ideal as a long-term replacement for the likes of Mesut Ozil and Christian Eriksen at the respective north London clubs.
The former Liverpool midfielder, who earns around €12 million per season at Camp Nou, has struggled to adapt despite some highs in his season and a half at Barca and the club will save around €20m in variables if he leaves before making 100 appearances.
Barca had offered Coutinho to Paris Saint-Germain in a player-plus-cash deal to re-sign Neymar and it is unclear how the Catalans will proceed in the pursuit of their former forward if the midfielder moves to Bayern.
The Spanish champions have signed Antoine Griezmann, Frenkie de Jong, Junior Firpo and Neto already this summer and will kick off the defence of their La Liga title with a trip to Athletic Club on Friday.