The Brazilian was left out of Barca’s squad for their opening league game away at Athletic Bilbao tonight, and had been linked with a move away from the Nou Camp all summer.
The former Kop attacker left Anfield in January of last year for a fee understood to be £146million, but after admitting it was a dream come true to play for the Catalan giants, the 27-year-old has gone on to endure a tough time in Spain.
In recent times the movements to get the Brazilian out of Barcelona had accelerated. In Germany they had informed Bayern of their intention to wait until the end of the market. He wouldn’t even have needed it. Barcelona have been trying to get rid of the player for some time.
Bayern Munich have now confirmed they have agreed a deal that will see the midfielder move to the German side on loan with an option to buy.
A further statement on the Bundesliga side’s website stated that the deal is a season long loan with an option for it to be made permanent after that.
Coutinho is expected to arrive in Munich over the next few days to complete a medical and sign a contract for his new side.
Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said: “The name doesn’t matter, only the quality. We’ve watched him for quite some time.”
After failing to nail down a place in the Catalan side’s starting XI, the midfielder has been on the end of constant criticism from the club’s supporters, with many taking aim at him for their poor end to the season.
Coutinho was continually linked with a move back to Liverpool this summer, but the ECHO understands that the Reds had no interest in bringing their former star back to the club, with Jurgen Klopp sidestepping questions on if he had the opportunity to bring one of his former stars back to the home of the current European champions.