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Confirmed: Finally Coutinho signs on loan for Bayern

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Its official, Bayern Munich have finally completed a loan deal with an option to buy for Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona.

According to ESPN, the defending Bundesliga champions are paying an €8.5 million loan fee and will have an option to buy Coutinho for €120m after the loan period ends.

It is also understood, that The Bavarian giants will pay the Brazilians wages in full.

Here at Ronaldo.com, we brought you the story of a deal nearing completion on Friday. This morning it was finally official via social media.

Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said to the press:

“I can confirm [Bayern sporting director] Hasan Salihamidzic and I were in Barcelona last Wednesday, and we reached an agreement with both the club and the player over a transfer.”

He added:

“I must thank Barcelona.”

“I am on very friendly terms with the Barcelona president [Josep Maria Bartomeu], and that, at the end of the day, maybe helped us transfer this player to FC Bayern.”

“It’s a very important player for us, not only because of his name but also because of the way he plays.”

“His quality will help our attacking game. We are happy.”

He joined Barca on a five year deal from Liverpool, only 18 months ago, for a fee of 145 million Euros.

He has struggled to find the form that made the Catalonians pay do much for him. In 79 appearances for Barcelona, he has managed 21 goals and 11 assists.

In contrast to his time at Liverpool, where he managed 201 appearances, scored 54 goals and added 45 assists.

After a laboured start to the opening game of the season, his new manager Niko Kovac said of his new signing:

“In my opinion, not only FC Bayern Munich but also the entire Bundesliga and the whole of Germany can be delighted to be welcoming such a big-name player to our league.”