Bayern Munich chief confirms when Philippe Coutinho transfer decision will be made


Bayern Munich are “really happy” with Philippe Coutinho’s start to life in the Bundesliga – but are not ready to make a decision on signing the former Liverpool ace.

Coutinho has scored twice and provided three assists in seven Bundesliga appearances for Bayern since signing on loan from Barcelona in the summer.

The Brazilian was linked with Arsenal , Manchester United Tottenham and even former club Liverpool in the close season, but eventually headed for Germany as he looks to kick-start his career.

Bayern have an option to sign him for 120million euros (£104m) at the end of this season – but clubs across Europe will be keen to sign him if the German champions don’t go through with it.

But Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says there is no hurry forthe club to make a decision – so other potential suitors will have to wait to see what unfolds.

Philippe Coutinho, pictured in action during Bayern’s win over Olympiacos on Tuesday, has scored two goals so far in the Bundesliga

“Philippe’s a player with a lot of quality,” Rummenigge told Kicker via Sport . “He doesn’t have the attitude of a star. He’s a friendly person, popular around the club and we’re really happy with the deal we managed to close.

“We will decide when the moment arrives.”

According to Spanish newspaper AS , Barcelona plan to offload the Brazilian playmaker permanently at the end of the season regardless of whether Bayern take up their option to sign him.

Coutinho with Jurgen Klopp during his time at Liverpool

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The publication claimed that if Bayern do not trigger the option, the Catalan club have no plans for the 27-year-old to play for them again – which would mean a move back to England could be on the cards.

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Coutinho switched Liverpool for the Nou Camp in a big-money move in January 2018 but struggled to make an impact in his 18 months in Spain.

Despite his two goals he has got off to a mixed start in Germany, having been a regular in their starting line-up but been criticised for a lack of impact on occasions.





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