Munich (AP) - Bayern Munich will sign Philippe Coutinho from FC Barcelona. Sports director Hasan Salihamidzic confirmed on ZDF after the opening game of the 57th Bundesliga season, a lending of the offensive player for a year.
"I can confirm that Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and I have been in Barcelona this week and have agreed with FC Barcelona, the player and the adviser. We had very good talks and I would like to thank FC Barcelona, "said Sport Director Salihamidzic. "Of course, there are still a few details missing, the medical check and the signature, but we are very happy that we will bring this player to Bayern." The Bavarian sports director did not want to comment on the financial modalities.
After the loan of Coutinho FC Bayern will also bring midfielder Michaël Cuisance Borussia Mönchengladbach. "This will be a player of Bayern," said Salihamidzic after the 2: 2 of the German champions in the Bundesliga opener against Hertha BSC. Before the kickoff, the TV channel Sky had reported that it would be missing only details.
20-year-old Cuisance is dissatisfied with his role at Borussia. The junior national player from France came in the summer of 2017 from AS Nancy and has since played 35 Bundesliga games. Cuisance had a contract in Mönchengladbach until the end of June 2023.
Coach Niko Kovac described the commitment of Coutinho from Barcelona as a win for the entire Bundesliga: «I am of the opinion that we, not only Bayern Munich, but, if I say so, then the complete Bundesliga and also completely Germany us about it can look forward to welcoming such a top player here in this league; a player who has proved it not only in his clubs, but also in the national team. »
"Mundo Deportivo" had previously reported that the transfer of the 27-year-old offensive player will be announced shortly. The Brazilian soccer player was absent in the squad of FC Barcelona in Bilbao and sat in the stands.
Coutinho is a "very reliable player, a player of high quality," said the former international and designated Bayern CEO Oliver Kahn as a television expert on ZDF before the opening match of the 57th Bundesliga season, which ended in disappointing for the Munich 2: 2 ran out of. Coutinho "could become a good and very important player for Bayern".
The Brazilian had moved in early 2018 for an estimated more than 140 million euros from Liverpool to FC Barcelona. With the Catalans, he could not conquer a regular place, most recently he was due to moderate performance in the criticism and is considered a candidate for change.
Before Coutinho, Bayern had brought Lucas Hernández (80 million euros), Benjamin Pavard (35 million) and Fiete Arp (3 million) for the season. Most recently, Ivan Perisic was loaned by Inter Milan.
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