Bayern Munich won’t exercise the option at their disposal to signal Philippe Coutinho on a permanent foundation when his season-long loan together with the Bavarians from Barcelona expires, according to Bild.
Coutinho came to Barcelona from Liverpool in January 2018 for a reported fee of $160 million, which if true, makes him the third most expensive player in the history of the game, behind Paris Saint-Germain’s acquisitions of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe. But during the 18 months he spent at Camp Nou that he was not able to prove his worth to head coach Ernesto Valverde. Though Valverde has been replaced today by Quique Setien, Coutinho’s situation is very likely to stay the same if he returns in the summer.
And yet, it seems that exactly that will be his destiny once the season is finished, with Bayern Munich place to replicate the James Rodriguez effort — the Colombian spent two decades there on loan from Real Madrid, at the conclusion of which he had been forced to go back to the Spanish capital.