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Having utterly failed to meet the expectations at Barcelona following his €160 million move from Liverpool in January 2018, Philippe Coutinho was sent to Bayern Munich on loan for the 2019/20 season, with the Bundesliga champions given the option of making the deal permanent for €120 million in the summer. However, despite a very good start to the campaign in Germany, the playmaker once again failed to impress and the Bavarians have all but confirmed they wouldn’t be exercising the option of turning him into their full-time employee.
Earlier this month, Bayern’s sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic criticized Coutinho’s performance in their DFB-Pokal win over Hoffenheim for ‘overcomplicating’ things on the pitch, and now CEO Karl-Heniz Rummenigge has added his voice on the matter.
Speaking to Bild, Rummenigge said that the 28-year-old sometimes plays very well and can be an important player for the team, but at other times he seems too timid.
It appears a return to Camp Nou is on the cards for Coutinho, and Barcelona would reportedly gladly see the back of him for half the price they paid to prize him away from Liverpool.