Philippe Coutinho has enjoyed a fine start to his one-year loan with Bayern Munich and has established himself as one of the key players in the squad this season. In the loan deal with Barcelona, Bayern have the option to purchase Coutinho at the end of the season, and the Catalan giants appear to be quite certain that’s what’s most likely to happen.
Per a new report by Spanish outlet AS, Barcelona don’t have any interest in bringing Coutinho back to the club. As things currently stand, when Barcleona and Bayern agreed on the loan deal, it was understood that the buyout fee for Bayern to purchase him after the one-year loan would be €120 million. The report suggests, however, that Barcelona would be more than willing to go to the negotiating table with Bayern if they are 100% interested in purchasing him on a permanent deal. AS even goes as far as to say that if Bayern, for whatever reason, is not interested in purchasing Coutinho, then Barcelona would look for buyer in the Premier League, where Coutinho has experience from his time with Liverpool.
This report comes just a few days after MARCA had reported that Barcelona were keeping a very close eye on Coutinho’s performances for Bayern and had even sent representatives to two of Bayern’s matches to watch him play in person. That report did not specify which matches they were present at, but Coutinho has hardly put a foot wrong for Bayern when he’s been involved, and Barcelona can and will use that when the time comes to potentially negotiate the transfer fee for the Brazilian.