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Just In: Coutinho is going to Bayern Munich

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Barcelona and Bayern Munich have reached an agreement on the transfer of Philippe Coutinho.

According to The Mirror, the Bavarian giants only expressed an interest in Countinho as late as this week.

The deal is rumoured to be a one-season loan agreement.

There is no talk right now of a commitment to buy or even an option to buy from either side.

While Coutinho was given glowing praise from his national team coach Tite and included in the Brazilian squad named to take on Colombia and Peru in next, months friendlies.

He was left out of the Barcelona squad that will face Athletic Bilbao in the season opener.

It has been speculated for some time, that the Brazilian was to be used as part of any deal that saw his countryman, Neymar makes the return from PSG back to Catalonia.

With Coutinho going in the opposite direction. It was not believed he was a player that interested the Parisians.

While the loan move will clear space on the Barcelona wage bill, it will only bring in a minimal amount in terms of a loan agreement fee.

It is unclear right now how this deal with Bayern will help Barcelona in the main goal of returning wayward son Neymar.

Given this spur of the moment transfer. Either Barcelona has another trick up their sleeve in regard to the Neymar deal, or they have given up hope of the deal ever taking place.

Real Madrid may now have the upper hand, or Barca has already found another player in their ranks that appeals to PSG as part of the mega 250 million Euro deal to sign Neymar.

What is for sure is Bayern Munich has conducted some shrewd deals of late.

Securing the services of some great players on loan deals that have cost them a minimal amount in footballing terms.

MUNICH, GERMANY – APRIL 11: The logo of Bayern Muenchen is displayed during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final Second Leg match between Bayern Muenchen and Sevilla FC at Allianz Arena on April 11, 2018 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)