Barca, Bayern have Coutinho 1-year loan deal

BARCELONA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 02: Philippe Coutinho of Barcelona warms up prior to the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Valencia CF at Camp Nou on February 2, 2019 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

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BARCELONA, SPAIN – FEBRUARY 02: Philippe Coutinho of Barcelona warms up prior to the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Valencia CF at Camp Nou on February 2, 2019 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho is set to join Bayern Munich on a one-year loan, Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has confirmed.

“I can confirm [Bayern sporting director] Hasan Salihamidzic and I were in Barcelona last Wednesday. And we reached an agreement with both the club and the player over a transfer,” Rummenigge told reporters after his club’s 2-2 Bundesliga draw with Hertha Berlin on Friday.

“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.”

Rummenigge added that the defending Bundesliga champions will have an option to buy Coutinho after the loan period ends.

Following Bayern’s match, club manager Niko Kovac said: “In my opinion, not only FC Bayern Munich, but also the entire Bundesliga and the whole of Germany can be delighted to be welcoming such a big-name player to our league.”

 

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