Bayern have reached a deal with Barcelona that will see COUTINHO move from Spain to Germany, according to a Barcelona spokesperson on Friday.
Barcelona spokesperson Guillermo Amor confirmed the progress of negotiations on Friday:
“We can confirm that there is an agreement in principle for the loan of Coutinho to Bayern and we just have to finalize the deal”
Barcelona have been desperate to unburden themselves of the 27-year-old Brazilian’s lucrative contract and recoup a sizable chunk of the (up to) $192 million they paid to acquire him from Liverpool barely 18 months ago.
Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic also confirmed the deal:
I can confirm that (club chairman) Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and I were in Barcelona this week and have reached a consensus with FC Barcelona, the player and the agent. We had very good talks and I also want to thank FC Barcelona,” Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic told broadcaster ZDF on Friday.
“Of course there are still a few details to be cleared, the medical and the signature, but we’re very happy that we can bring this player to Bayern,” said Salihamidzic, who refused to be drawn on the financial details of the deal.