Created on 2019-08-19 at 12:39 PM
FC Bayern have completed the transfer of Philippe Coutinho. The Brazil international passed his medical examination on Sunday morning and signed his contract at the club’s Säbener Straße headquarters. Coutinho will initially spend a season on loan from Spanish champions Barcelona. FC Bayern possess an option to buy the 27-year-old following the expiry of his loan contract on 30 June 2020. All parties have agreed not to disclose any further details of the agreement.
"We've been working on bringing in Philippe Coutinho for quite some time and we're very happy that we’ve been able to complete this transfer. My thanks go especially to Barcelona President Josep Bartomeu, with whom I have a very good and friendly relationship", explained FC Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. "Coutinho is a global star and our fans will be delighted", he added.
Sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic commented: "Philippe made it very clear to us during the negotiations in Barcelona that he absolutely wanted to move to FC Bayern. With his outstanding technique and skills, he's a player who will immediately strengthen our attack."
Coutinho progressed through the youth teams at top Brazilian club Vasco da Gama. In Europe he first played for Inter Milan, Espanyol and Liverpool. When he moved from Liverpool to Barcelona in January 2018, he was the second most expensive player in the world after his compatriot Neymar. With the Catalans, he won back-to-back Spanish championships and, in 2018, the Spanish Cup. He has made 55 appearances for the Brazilian national team, scoring 15 goals to date. This summer, as one of the most influential players he led the Seleção to victory in the Copa América, the South American continental championship.
"For me, this move means a new challenge in a new country with one of the best clubs in Europe. I'm very much looking forward to that", Coutinho said. "I have big ambitions and I'm convinced that I can achieve them together with my new teammates."