Robert Lewandowski is confident new signing Philippe Coutinho will quickly settle in with Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich.
Following months of speculation, Coutinho’s future is finally resolved after Barcelona and Bayern confirmed a season-long loan agreement is in place.
The Brazilian playmaker was keen to end his Camp Nou nightmare this summer and pushed for an exit. It caused reports to link him to Paris Saint-Germain as part of a trade deal involving compatriot Neymar.
To the surprise of many, however, Coutinho will instead play his club football in Germany this season. Bayern will have him on loan until next summer, where they will then have the option to sign him permanently.
The Bavarians have been searching for new players in the current transfer window following Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben and James Rodriguez’s exits.
Bayern chiefs had made Manchester City winger Leroy Sane their top transfer target and openly pursued him all summer. However, the German’s long-term knee injury has ruled out a return to his homeland this year.
It’s forced Bayern to launch a desperate late search for new recruits before the German transfer window shuts on September 2.
Niko Kovac’s side have since welcomed Ivan Perisic from Inter Milan on a season-long loan deal. Like Coutinho, they also have an option to sign up the Croatia international permanently.
Although Coutinho’s arrival at the Allianz Arena has raised concerns in Germany. Bayern legend Stefan Effenberg, in particular, was against the move and labelled it a “risk”.
But Lewandowski, who scored both goals in Bayern’s 2-2 opening day draw against Hertha Berlin on Friday, disagrees.
“I don’t think he’ll need that much time to adapt to our system and ideas,” said Lewandowski on the Bundesliga Twitter.
“I think he’s the sort of player that can settle in without many problems.”
Coutinho might make his Bayern debut at Schalke 04 next Saturday in the Bundesliga.
— Bundesliga English (@Bundesliga_EN) August 16, 2019