Bayern Munich are reportedly working on signing Barcelona star Philippe Coutinho on loan
The Bavarians seem to have reconciled with the fact they won’t be allowed to snap up Manchester City’s Leroy Sane and have already started working on a backup plan.
The talks with Barcelona are in an advanced stage, and the Brazilian should soon arrive on loan, with the option to make his move permanent next summer.
With James Rodriguez, Arjen Robben, and Franck Ribery all left the club at the end of last season, Niko Kovac has come up short of reliable attacking options.
As a result, the Bavarians have been trying to reinforce their respective ranks throughout the entire transfer window but have seen all their attempts to lure Sane come a cropper.
Barcelona have already agreed to loan Philippe Coutinho to Bayern for free with option to buy. Bayern will only have to pay the player's wages of €11m/year. The club is now in talks with Coutinho's representatives [@brunoandrd] pic.twitter.com/Orz5d4thBE— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) August 12, 2019
Meanwhile, the Catalans have been trying to get rid of Coutinho’s massive €12m-a-year wages and have offered him to several Premier League clubs.
Although he seemed close to becoming Tottenham Hotspur’s deadline-day signing, the 27-year-old has turned down a chance of playing in London.
Offloading Coutinho may unlock the doors for Neymar’s return to the Camp Nou, and the Blaugrana are working hard to accomplish that goal.
Arrived from Liverpool for staggering €142, the Brazil international has failed to impress in La Liga during his season-and-a-half spell in Catalonia.
The player’s salary aside, the Catalans may save additional €20m in variables should they prevent Coutinho from making 100 appearances for the club.