Barcelona and Bayern Munich have confirmed that an agreement is in place to send Philippe Coutinho to the German champions on a year’s loan with a purchase option, goal.com reports.
The Brazilian midfielder has failed to impress since joining the La Liga champions from Liverpool in January 2018, and Barca have been keen to offload their big-money signing as they revamp the squad.
He was offered to a number of Premier League clubs before the English transfer window slammed shut but nothing materialised, and a move to the Bundesliga now appears to be the next stage of Coutinho’s journey.
An agreement in principle is in place between the two clubs with the deal almost complete but not formally closed, with the player being left out of Barcelona’s La Liga season-opening defeat against Athletic Bilbao as his move to the Bundesliga champions inches closer.
Guillermo Amor, director of institutional and sporting relations for Barcelona and an official club spokesperson, told Movistar+: “I can confirm that there’s an agreement in principle in the case of Coutinho’s loan [to Bayern].”
After Bayern Munich drew Hertha 2-2 in their Bundesliga opener, their sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic also confirmed the deal for the 27-year-old.
“I can confirm that (Bayern CEO) Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and I have been in Barcelona this week and we have reached an agreement with FC Barcelona and with the player and his agent,” Salihamidzic told ZDF.
“We have had very good discussions, I would like to thank FC Barcelona. Of course, there are still missing a few details, including the medical check and the signature.