As it stands Brazilian intentionall won’t be returning to Barcelona earlier than expected as reported earlier by the Spanish press. It had been suggested that the Liga giants were preparing to cut short a season-long agreement with fellow European heavyweights. A move to Germany was sanctioned for Coutinho ahead of the 2019-20 campaign and he was allowed to head out of Camp Nou after struggling to prove his worth across 18 months in Catalunya.
A big-money deal was done to prise him away from Liverpool in January 2018, but Barca saw little return on their sizeable investment.
The plan was that a return to form could be enjoyed in the Bundesliga, with the option there for a permanent switch to be made to the Allianz Arena.
Coutinho has, however failed to convince with Bayern either. Across 24 outings in all competitions, he has registered seven goals and eight assists. That is not a bad return, but more was expected of the talented Brazil international in new surroundings.
With Bayern seemingly reluctant to consider a full-time deal, reports claimed that Barca were prepared to take Coutinho back and find another suitor in the January window.
The reigning Spanish champions are in the market for another striker and could generate funds by moving on the likes of Coutinho and Ivan Rakitic. A club spokesman has, however, refuted such claims, telling Goal and SPOX: “As agreed, the player stays in Munich for at least the rest of the season. Everything else is made up.”
With Coutinho set to see out the 2019-20 campaign in Bavaria, Bayern need to find a way of getting more out of him.