Bayern Munich are plotting a move for Barcelona playmaker Philippe Coutinho, according to Calcio Mercato.
The former Liverpool midfielder – who only joined the Spanish champions from the Reds last summer – has been the subject of plenty of transfer speculation throughout the summer.
At first it was thought that a return to the Premier League would be where Coutinho’s future lied, with Manchester United, Tottenham and Arsenal all linked with the 27-year-old.
Serie A champions Juventus were also rumoured to be interested in signing Coutinho, though they are yet to seriously pursue the 55-capped Brazil international.
Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich are now understood to be frontrunners for his signature. The Germans missed out on signing Manchester City winger Leroy Sane earlier this summer, so have now turned their attentions to Barcelona’s No.7.
It’s likely that Bayern will try and sign Coutinho on a season-loan, similar to what they did with Real Madrid midfielder James Rodriguez, who spent two years in Germany before returning to his parent club in June after Bayern refused to make his move permanent.
They will face fierce competition from French champions Paris Saint-Germain, though, who are also said to be keen on signing the Brazilian should they lose Neymar to Barcelona.
It’s clear that Coutinho could be heading for the exit door, with PSG and Bayern both seemingly vying for his signature.
However, the chance to line-up next to the likes of Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani at PSG and play alongside compatriots Thiago Silva and Marquinhos, could be of greater appeal to the 27-year-old midfielder.
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