Bayern Munich’s hopes of signing Philippe Coutinho on a permanent basis have been boosted by reports he does not have a future with Barcelona. Barca made it clear they did not see the Brazilian in their future plans as they looked to offload him in the summer, and their opinion has not changed despite his impressive performances for the Bavarians.
Bayern snapped up the 27-year-old just before the closure of the summer transfer window, taking him on a season-long loan deal and so far it looks to have been a masterstroke.
Coutinho has chipped in with two goals and two assists in six Bundesliga appearances and has slotted into Niko Kovac’s side very nicely.
As things stand, the South American is due to return to the Nou Camp at the end of the loan deal but reports in Spain claim the former Liverpool star will not be there for long.
The Catalan giants have their own transfer targets and will use any cash raised from the sale of the talanted schemer to help fund them.
Bayern will get the first opportunity to sign Coutinho, with the same reports claiming it will take a fee of £104million to get the deal done.
It now remains to be seen whether Bayern will look to pursue a deal, and much will depend on how he performs between now and the end of the season.
Manchester City forward Leroy Sane, who they were pursuing during the summer but failed to sign, also remains a top Bayern target, and they could not afford both him and Coutinho.