The future of Brazilian star Philippe Coutinho has been subject to intense speculations, with reports indicating his loan move will not be made permanent by Bayern Munich, while FC Barcelona have reportedly offered him to several clubs.
Bayern can activate the optional purchase clause to make Coutinho’s loan move permanent, but the Bundesliga giants are not expected to splash out £100m for that. However, Coutinho’s Bayern team-mate, Thiago hopes to have him at the club next year.
“I know him well. He’s very good,” Thiago told La Vanguardia [via Express]. “I’ve seen him play since he was 12 years old.
From his first trial at Vasco through to becoming #LFC‘s “gold dust,” Phil Coutinho’s sorcery has been linked to feeling like he belongs and being appreciated. Without it, he is a shadow of himself.
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“I played futsal against him in Brazil and he loved it. He doesn’t think he lacks anything. I love playing with high-level footballers and he is a phenomenon. He is a spectacular guy, super hard-working, with an unbeatable technique and incredible definition.”
“Players go through good and not so good moments and he is giving us a lot. We hope to have him next year too,” opined the 29-year-old on Coutinho’s future.
FC Barcelona have reportedly offered Coutinho to several clubs, including Liverpool, where he played before joining the ranks at the Catalan club. However, it remains to be if any clubs will be ready to meet Barcelona’s valuation of Coutinho, given the financial repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic.