As Bayern Munich look to bolster their squad for next season, one of the names that has apparently come up is that of Philippe Coutinho. The FC Barcelona star spent a memorable year on loan at Bayern last season, where he won the Champions League and kicked his former club out of the competition (with style).
Per Tz, since Coutinho has failed to reestablish himself at Barca after his loan, the Catalans may be willing to sell him for a much lower price than before. The report fails to mention how low that number might be, but it will have to be lower than the 140m euros they paid to Liverpool to secure his services in the first place.
Coutinho is apparently being considered because he can play in midfield and on the wing, and he already knows the club from his previous loan. However, this reads like a bit of creative gossip by the folks over at Tz. Even if Barca drop their price, it’s unlikely to ever drop to a number Bayern would be comfortable paying, and there’s also the problem of the Brazilian’s astronomical wages.
With Thomas Muller still purring along and Jamal Musiala quickly emerging as a solid option on both the wings and attacking midfield, it’s hard to see where Coutinho fits into the Bayern squad of 2021/2022. He already had a tough time getting minutes when he was here on loan, and the competition hasn’t gotten any easier since then.
So, if you’re a fan of the Brazilian, don’t expect him to don Bayern colors again any time soon. Coutinho will either have to establish himself at Barca or look for a move elsewhere — the Munich chapter of his career ended last year.