Barcelona have revealed the financial details behind Philippe Coutinho’s move to Bayern Munich.
The former Liverpool midfielder has joined the German champions on loan with an option to buy, having fallen below expectations at the Camp Nou.
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- The Brazilian started his career at Inter Milan.
- He joined Liverpool for £8.5m in January 2013.
- He went on to score 54 times in 201 games for the Reds before moving to Barca for £105m.
- He struggled in Spain, scoring just 13 times in 53 La Liga games.
- He has moved on loan to Bayern this summer and will be hopeful he can lead the new ‘post-Robbery’ era.
There was much speculation about where Coutinho could end up this season but due to the terms of his contract at Barcelona, there were set to be huge financial costs for any side trying to sign him.
He was linked with several Premier League clubs, including Spurs, but in the end has joined Bayern Munich on loan for the 2019/20 campaign.
In a statement on the club website, Barcelona revealed the financial implications of the move and, crucially, Bayern will cover all of Coutinho’s wages for this season, which means Barcelona have successfully got the Brazilian off their wage bill.
The statement read: “FC Barcelona and Bayern Munich have reached an agreement for the loan of the player Philippe Coutinho to the German club for the 2019/20 season. Bayern Munich will pay 8.5 million euros and the player’s wages.
“The agreement also sees an option to buy for Bayern fixed at 120 million euros.
“FC Barcelona would like to thank to publicly thank Philippe Coutinho for his commitment and dedication wishes him all the best in this new stage of his career.”
The inclusion of such a large fixed transfer fee means that Coutinho will surely have to perform significantly better than he did for the Blaugrana if he is to secure a permanent move to Bavaria.
The Brazilian, who is set to wear Arjen Robben’s former No.10 shirt at the Allianz Arena, could make his debut against Schalke this weekend as Bayern look to get their title defence back on track after an opening day draw against Hertha Berlin.