The latest reports spreading across the European media this evening suggest that Bayern Munich are closing on a loan move for Barcelona star Philippe Coutinho.
Barca exit incoming?
On the back of a disappointing campaign with the Blaugrana last time out, Brazilian attacker Coutinho has been hotly-tipped for a Camp Nou departure this summer.
Mounting claims last week insisted that a return to the Premier League was very much on the cards for the 27-year-old, but, in the end, a switch to either Arsenal or Tottenham failed to come to fruition before the close of the English transfer window.
This has since, though, led to links to PSG hotting up.
A potential swap deal which would see Coutinho make his way, along with a large cash sum, to the Parc des Princes, in exchange for Neymar, has long been touted.
And reports stemming from France last night assured that negotiations surrounding such a deal were very much back underway, with a transfer inching closer to completion:
Breaking | Barcelona have accelerated talks to sign Neymar with PSG this week, Les Parisiens now accept the inclusion of a player in exchange & are in talks with Philippe Coutinho, according to RMC.
— Get French Football News (@GFFN) August 11, 2019
The latest updates spreading quickly across Europe this evening, however, suggest otherwise.
This comes amid claims that a new front-runner has emerged in the race for Coutinho’s signature.
The outfit in question are German champions Bayern Munich.
First, Marta Ramon of RAC1 confirmed that Barcelona have informed the outlet of ongoing talks with Bayern over a loan with option to buy for Coutinho:
Fonts del Barça acaben de confirmar a RAC1 que a hores d’ara estan negociant amb el Bayern de Munic una cessió amb opció de compra per Coutinho. Ampliem info a les 16h!
— Marta Ramon (@Marta_Ramon) August 12, 2019
Goal.com’s Bruno Andrade, meanwhile, has since provided further insight into the situation.
An agreement is now said to be in place between Bayern and Barca.
This will see Coutinho make the move to the Allianz Arena on a free loan for the coming season. The Bundesliga champions will simply be required to pay the Brazilian’s wages. Talks between Coutinho’s representatives and Bayern are now taking place over personal terms:
Barcelona já aceitou emprestar (de graça) Philippe Coutinho para o Bayern de Munique, com opção de compra; Clube alemão, que precisaria apenas pagar o salário (11 milhões de euros/temporada), agora já está em conversa com os representantes do atacante
— Bruno Andrade (@brunoandrd) August 12, 2019