After turning down a loan move to Tottenham on deadline day in England, Philippe Coutinho has agreed to join Bayern Munich for the remainder of the 2019/20 season.
According to BBC Sport, Bayern will pay £7.78 million to have Coutinho for the year before deciding whether to trigger an option to buy the Brazilian for £109.84 million next summer. It’s likely that means Spurs will have to pay the same fee if they want to at least attempt to sign Coutinho in a year’s time.
Barcelona aren’t going to accept lower bids if Bayern have already decided to pay the agreed price, should they choose to trigger the option to buy. Coutinho will have to perform brilliantly in Germany if Bayern are to break their transfer record to sign him.
Ultimately, it looks like Coutinho will prove too expensive for Tottenham. And if he truly did turn down the Londoners earlier this month, there is no reason to believe he will think differently next summer. His personal connection to Liverpool means it’s unlikely he will be interested in joining another English club.
Coutinho would have been a useful replacement for Christian Eriksen, who continues to be linked with an exit before the European transfer deadline. The Dane struggled against Manchester City on Saturday – check out our full player ratings here.
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