FC bayern munchen will sign philippe coutinho from FC barcelona and michael cuisance from borussia monchengladbach.
Sports director hasan salihamidzic confirmed on zdf after the opening game of the 57. Bundesliga season only a loan of the brazilian offensive player coutinho for one year. A little later, the transfer of cuisance was also announced as fixed.
"I can confirm that karl-heinz rummenigge and i were in barcelona this week and reached an agreement with FC barcelona, the player and the consultant. We have had very good talks and I would also like to thank FC barcelona," said sports director salihamidzic. "Of course, a few details are still missing, the medical check and the signature, but we are very happy that we will bring this player to FC bayern."The bayern sports director declined to comment on the financial modalities.
After the loan of coutinho, FC bayern will also get midfielder michael cuisance from borussia monchengladbach. "That will be an FC bayern player," salihamidzic said after the german record champion’s 2-2 draw in its bundesliga opener against hertha BSC. Before kickoff, the TV station sky had reported that only details were missing.
The 20-year-old cuisance is unhappy with his role at borussia. The junior international from france had arrived from AS nancy in the summer of 2017 and has since played 35 bundesliga games. Cuisance had in monchengladbach still a contract until the end of june 2023.
Coach niko kovac described the signing of coutinho from barcelona as a win for the entire bundesliga: "i think that we, not only FC bayern munchen, but, when i say we, then the entire bundesliga and also all of germany can be happy about being able to bury such a top player here in this league; a player who has not only proven it in his clubs, but also in the national team."
"Mundo deportivo" had previously reported that the transfer of the 27-year-old offensive player should be announced already in short. The brazilian fubball international was missing from the FC barcelona squad in bilbao and sab on the tribune.
Coutinho is a "very reliable player, player of high quality," said former national player and designated bayern board member oliver kahn as a TV expert on ZDF before the opening match of the 57. Bundesliga season, which ended in a disappointing 2-2 draw for the munich team. Coutinho "could become a good and very important player for FC bayern".
The brazilian had transferred from liverpool FC to barcelona FC at the beginning of 2018 for an estimated 140 million euros. He has not been able to win a permanent seat among the catalans; recently, he has been criticized for poor performance and is considered to be a candidate for change.
Before coutinho, FC bayern had signed lucas hernandez (80 million euros), benjamin pavard (35 million) and fiete arp (3 million) for this season. Most recently, ivan perisic was loaned out by inter milan.