Bayern Munich were said to be keen to land Manchester City’s winger Leroy Sane this summer, and they were actually getting close to strike a deal for the Germany international, but after he suffered an injury during the Community Shield game, the German giants have ruled out a move for the talented forward.
Following that, the Bavarians have gotten to work to find solutions and alternatives to this problem, with Internazionale’s Ivan Perisic becoming a favorite to land in the Allianz Arena this summer, but that might not be the end. Now Bayern have reportedly entered the race to sign Barcelona’s out-of-favor Philippe Coutinho, starting negotiations with the club over a possible loan move with an option to buy.
After making a move to Catalonia in January 2018, Coutinho has failed to become an important figure in Barcelona and now is on his way out of the club. Barcelona made him available this summer, with a bunch of Premier League sides, including Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea (before their transfer ban was made official) and Tottenham all linked with his signature.
However, Coutinho was one of those transfers that didn’t come to fruition before the Premier League deadline struck, and now his options are fewer, with Bayern being one of those. According to a report from RAC 1, the Muniquese have offered both Barca and Coutinho a solution to this problem with a loan offer that includes an option to buy at the end of it.
Initially, Barcelona wanted to get rid of the Brazilian with a permanent move, which is why his move to Arsenal and Tottenham didn’t come through. But now, according to Marta Ramon, they are in talks with the Bundesliga champions over a potential deal.
"Barça sources have just confirmed to RAC1 that at this time they are negotiating with the Bayern Munich a cession with option to buy for Coutinho," Ramon explained on Twitter.
Although they are negotiating with Bayern, that doesn’t mean they wouldn’t use Coutinho as a makeweight in a potential deal for Neymar, since Barcelona persist keen to re-sign the Brazilian superstar two years after he left the club.