It was an extraordinary day for Bayern, although not everything went smoothly. The club proudly announced on Monday that it commits the Brazilian international Philippe Coutinho from FC Barcelona. About the financial details, "the parties had agreed silence," said in the press release. Barcelona, meanwhile, announced almost at the same time that the rental fee 8.5 million euros and the purchase option is 120 million. Bayern also pay Coutinho salary, which was known in Barcelona 12 million net and in Munich probably not much less. In Germany, the Bayern are permanent supporters, international, they do not determine the rules.
But that was detail or style issues. Coutinho could become the exceptional footballer of the Bundesliga. Nevertheless, the circumstances of his move to Munich betray not only good about the sporting concept of Bavaria and the international status of the club.
Reminds of Arjen Robben
No doubt, a star comes in the Bundesliga. Coutinho is a master at the ball. He can exactly fit and shoot, he is fast as well. Almost all defenders will have big problems with him. In tight spaces around the penalty area of the opponent, he finds the bottleneck and slips through. One of his favorite movements is reminiscent of Arjen Robben, just from the other side: He moves from the left with a tempo in the middle and shoots with the right and often into the goal. Also in the center Coutinho can play.
"It's not so nice for Dortmund, but it's a great transfer for Bayern and the Bundesliga," said Jürgen Klopp, who coached Coutinho in Liverpool before moving to Barcelona for € 145m. Hans-Joachim Watzke, the managing director of BVB, also congratulated Bayern. And the new-town breeder Julian Brandt said he was a "giant fan" of Coutinho.
Bayern's sports director Hasan Salihamidžić, who was recently criticized, has improvised well. Leroy Sané was the original goal of Bayern, but the injured before it was learned whether Bayern had really gotten him. With Coutinho now the eighth German championship in series for the FCB has become a good deal more likely.
But the transfer also has another side. He shows that Bayern are not in front, but have to clean afterwards. Sané could have fetched the club three years ago, then for 50 million euros. But only Pep Guardiola recognized its strengths. In the meantime, Bayern would probably spend three times.