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Coutinho joins Bayern

BARCELONA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 02: Philippe Coutinho of Barcelona warms up prior to the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Valencia CF at Camp Nou on February 2, 2019 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)
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Bayern Munich have secured the services of Brazil winger Philippe Coutinho on a season-long loan from FC Barcelona, including the option to make the transfer permanent.

The 27-year-old winger will provide Niko Kovac with a further attacking outlet after the departures of Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben and James Rodriguez this summer.

“This move means a new challenge for me in a new country at one of the best clubs in Europe,” Coutinho said of his signing at the record German champions. “Like Bayern, I have big aims and am convinced I can achieve these with my new team.”

“We’ve been looking at Philippe Coutinho for some time and are very happy we’ve been able to complete this transfer,” Karl-Heinz Rummenigge told the Bayern club website. “With Philippe, FC Bayern are gaining a player who will strengthen our attack with his creativity and excellent technique.”

fter coming through the Vasco de Gama youth ranks, the highly rated Coutinho was snapped up by Inter Milan as a 16-year-old, although he had to wait until turning 18 in 2010 to move to Europe. In 2013 he left for Liverpool, and his eye-catching performances on Merseyside earned him a big-money move to Barcelona in January 2018.

Coutinho has already lifted two La Liga titles, two Spanish Super Cups and one Copa del Rey with Barca, and helped Brazil triumph on home soil at this summer’s Copa America.

The Brazilian – who also has Portuguese nationality through his wife – becomes Bayern’s fifth summer signing, following the arrivals of Lucas Hernandez, Benjamin Pavard, Fiete Arp, Ivan Perisic.

 

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