Liverpool are set to pocket some extra money as Philippe Coutinho closes in on a transfer. The ex-Liverpool midfielder will join Bayern Munich on loan from Barcelona and Liverpool could receive as much as €20m (over £18m), according to Spanish media outlet Sport.
Coutinho left Liverpool to join Barcelona in January 2018 but he has enjoyed little success since his move. The 27-year-old scored 54 goals and provided 34 assists for Liverpool but has failed to replicate that success in Spain.
At Barcelona, he has mainly been a bit-part player. The Brazilian midfielder has played 76 games, scoring a respectable total of 21 goals and providing 11 assists. That has included some spectacular strikes.
But Coutinho has struggled to nail down a regular spot in the Barcelona line-up. He is set for a temporary Nou Camp exit and he was even linked with a Premier League return before the English transfer window slammed shut.
Now, Coutinho is on the verge of joining Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich on loan. This transfer will give Liverpool a handy profit of around £18m even though it is only a loan deal.
This is a handy boost for Liverpool. The £18m received from Coutinho’s loan could boost the transfer kitty if it is needed in the January window.
As for Coutinho, this is a move that is necessary for the progression of his career. He is now in the prime of his playing career and he needs to kick on. Sitting on the bench is holding him back at Barcelona but he could become a star in Germany.