Berlin - Barcelona's Philippe Coutinho has joined Bayern Munich on a one-year
loan worth €8.5 million with an option to buy, the
Spanish club confirmed Monday.
"The agreement provides for an option for Bayern to buy at a 120-million-euro fee," Barcelona said.
The 27-year-old Brazilian joined Barcelona from Liverpool in January
2018 for an initial €120 million in a deal that included another €40
million in potential add-ons.
But the international midfielder's stint at Barcelona never worked
out as hoped despite huge excitement around his arrival at the Camp Nou.
Initially tried in midfield where he plays for Brazil, Coutinho was
pushed into the front three by Ernesto Valverde last season but the
switch never paid off and fans rarely glimpsed the form he showed at
"Coutinho: story of a massive disaster," headlined Monday's Barcelona-based Sport newspaper.
Speculation about his future had shadowed Coutinho over the summer
with French champions Paris Saint-Germain mentioned as a likely
destination in a deal linked to a potential Neymar return to Barcelona.
Coutinho's place in the side looked shaky following the arrival of
French World Cup winner Antoine Griezmann from Atletico in July and he
was left out of the squad for the first game of the new La Liga season
on Friday, a 1-0 loss to Athletic Bilbao.
The player, who has scored 21 goals in 75 games for Barca in all
competitions despite being unsettled, said he was delighted with the
move 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
The German club hope he will provide reinforcement in attack
following the departure of veteran duo Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery at
the end of last season.
"With his creativity and outstanding skills, Philippe is a player who
will immediately strengthen our attack," Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz