The arrivals of Philippe Coutinho and Michaël Cuisance happened relatively quickly in Munich. Yesterday, the 20-year-old Strasbourg native Cuisance was officially unveiled to the Bayern Munich fan base. Today, it was Philippe Coutinho’s turn.
Bayern has an option to buy the 27-year-old following the expiry of his loan contract on June 30, 2020. Both Bayern Munich and FC Barcelona have agreed not to disclose any financial details of the transfer, although it has been reported that Bayern Munich will pay €8.5 million for the loan plus Coutinho’s wages. The option to buy for Bayern has reportedly been reported at €120 million.
Bayern Munich's statement on the Coutinho deal: "The parties have agreed not to divulge the financial details of the agreement"— Melissa Reddy (@MelissaReddy_) August 19, 2019
Barcelona's: "Bayern Munich will pay 8.5m euros and the player’s wages. The agreement also sees an option to buy for Bayern fixed at 120m euros"
Spirits are high for both the player and the Bayern board. Coutinho himself stated:
For me, this move means a new challenge in a new country with one of the best clubs in Europe. I’m very much looking forward to that. Like FC Bayern, I have big ambitions and I’m convinced that I can achieve them together with my new teammates.
FC Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge continued:
We’ve been working on bringing in Philippe Coutinho for quite some time and we’re very happy that we’ve been able to complete this transfer. Our thanks go to FC Barcelona for agreeing to the transfer. With his creativity and outstanding skills, Philippe is a player who will immediately strengthen our attack.
Sporting director Hasan Salhamidzic concluded:
Philippe made it very clear to us during the negotiations in Barcelona that he absolutely wanted to move to FC Bayern. He’s a world-class player with great ability, who we can deploy in a number of positions in our forward line, so the FC Bayern squad has gained even more quality. Philippe Coutinho will help us achieve the ambitious targets we’ve set for this season.
Born in Rio de Janeiro, Coutinho made his breakthrough at Liverpool where he played for five seasons. On January 6th, 2018, Coutinho left England for super-club FC Barcelona where his successes have stagnated. Both he, the Bayern Munich board, the players and the fans hope the tricky Brazilian can rejuvenate his career even further in Bavaria.
Coutinho will wear the number “10” for Bayern Munich, which was last worn by Arjen Robben.