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Official: Philippe Coutinho goes to Bayern on a loan

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After the previous announcement of his arrival to Bayern Munich was made, the German club finally confirmed Philippe Coutinho’s loan.

It’s official, Philippe Coutinho will play for one year at Bayern Munich on a loan and he leaves Barcelona this weekend.

The Brazilian midfielder was trying to sort out his future in the summer transfer window, his options were several but he made the decision he believed was better for him.

Bayern Munich is a club that is currently under reconstruction, they have been trying to find the ideal players for their new project.

Just like all the other successful European clubs, Bayern had a necessary generational shift that inevitably came this season.

They previously tried to find proper stars such as James Rodriguez but he wasn’t what they were looking for, the board of directors decided to go after Coutinho as a response to the Colombian’s exit from the club.

On paper, Philippe is a lot more versatile than James on many different levels.

The Brazil international can perform as an interior midfielder as his natural position, but he can also play as a winger and even as a playmaker right behind the strikers.

James had the problem that he didn’t perform equally well in other positions to his own, this is why they dropped him and decided to pursue a player such as Coutinho.

The reason Philippe Coutinho didn’t succeed at FC Barcelona.

Anybody who thinks the Brazilian player wasn’t good enough to play at Barcelona is completely wrong, this is a world-class player who simply came to the Catalan club at the wrong time.

Neymar’s sudden exit from FC Barcelona pushed the club to go after emergency signings, they decided to go after two players in order to replace the star.

One of the was Ousmane Dembele and the other one was Coutinho, the Frenchman came during the same summer but the Brazilian had to wait until the winter.

None of the two players were able to live up to the expectations, but Dembele did show more raw talent than Philippe did.

Barcelona ended up desperate for not getting instant results from the Brazilian and they agreed to let him leave this summer.

Two years weren’t enough for this player to adapt, he had to leave the club in search of a better place to keep growing.

His exit will be regarded as a failure in Barcelona, but Philippe’s talent was shown during the Copa America and that’s the reason the Germans decided to sign him yesterday.

Bayern will pay an initial €12 million plus another €20 for his loan, they also have the option to buy him after one year for €120 million.

Rummenigge confirmed it on Friday.

During the early hours of Friday, reports from the Spanish media started coming in about Coutinho as we reported.

However, there hadn’t been any notifications about the loan until later in the day. This happened right after Bayern Munich’s Bundesliga draw against Herta Berlin, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge confirmed it via ESPN.

The club’s board member explained details about the negotiation with FC Barcelona and also spoke about the club’s happiness for having such a talented player in their roster for next season.

“I can confirm [Bayern sporting director] Hasan Salihamidzic and I were in Barcelona last Wednesday,” said Karl.

“And we reached an agreement with both the club and the player over a transfer.”

“The player is expected here in Munich in the next days, Sunday or Monday at the latest. He’ll do his medical and then sign his contract.”

“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.”

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