Barcelona could reportedly see Philippe Coutinho return to the Nou Camp this summer as Bayern Munich are being tipped to snub their choice to buy.
As noted by BBC Sport, the Brazilian international joined the reigning Bundesliga champions on a season-long loan deal last summer, with an choice to buy set at €120m.
It seems as if the 27-year-old has had a comparatively decent campaign so far having scored seven goals and provided seven assists in 23 appearances for the Bavarian giants.
However, as reported by Calciomercato, via Bild, it’s suggested that Bayern aren’t convinced by Coutinho’s form this season then they might opt against exercising their choice to buy and send him back to Barcelona instead.
That’s a bitter blow for Coutinho as after his struggles at the Nou Camp in discovering his best position and form, he could are hoping to form the foremost of his loan spell with Bayern to form a clean slate and flourish in Germany.
That said, it now remains to be seen whether or not he could fit into new Barcelona coach Quique Setien’s plans moving forward, as he could be hospitable handing the Brazilian playmaker a clean slate and a key role in his plans after replacing Ernesto Valverde this month.
Time will tell if Bayern don’t change their mind within the coming months as Coutinho could arguably still have time to prove he’s worth keeping.
If not, then it’ll be interesting to ascertain if Setien decides to stay him at Barcelona for next season and see how he fits in, or if an equivalent approach is taken and Coutinho finds himself on the move again over the summer to perhaps fund Barca’s pursuit of targets that Setien is eyeing to stamp his mark on the squad.
Source : caughtoffside.com