Barcelona The Germans have an option to buy
Barcelona loaned out Philippe Coutinho to Bayern Munich this summer after they were unable to find a club willing to buy the Brazilian.
The Catalans preference was to sell Coutinho and recoup as much of their initial outlay as possible, but a lack of suitable offers led to the playmaker moving to Bayern on a season-long loan.
Bayern have an option to buy included in the deal for 120 million euros, although this does not mean that Barcelona have forgotten about the former Liverpool star.
In fact, the Blaugrana have been to watch Coutinho in action on two occasions to track his evolution in Bavaria.
Coutinho‘s return to Barcelona is complicated, with the 27-year-old having failed to adapt to the style of play at the Camp Nou, which led to him losing confidence during his time in Catalonia.
Thus, the Barcelona board decided that it was best for Coutinho to go out on loan, and they saw Bayern as a good club for him to demonstrate his ability once again.
The first few weeks have gone well for Coutinho in Germany, no longer playing on the left wing but instead in more of a No.10 position, much like what he played at Liverpool, and that has seen him show the ability that led Barcelona to making him their most expensive ever signing in January 2018.
Barcelona are awaiting Bayern‘s decision, but they are confident that the German giants will decide to exercise the option to buy that is included in the loan agreement.
For now, Coutinho is enjoying his football at the Allianz Arena, with a final verdict on his future set to be made at the end of the season.