It has been a while since we last heard anything on Philippe Coutinho, the Barcelona attacking midfielder currently on loan at Bayern Munich and supposedly one of Chelsea’s primary transfer targets.
At the time, Barcelona had reportedly accepted that they will not be able to recoup even half their investment since no one else was willing to shell out huge sums of money for the former Liverpool player.
More recently, this was confirmed by Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, who's admitted that they let Coutinho’s €120m buy-option expire — although they remain open for another loan for next season, which is expected to start in late August.
“The option expired, and we haven’t activated it.
“We’re going to plan our squad for next season, and we’ll see if he still has a role to play with us or not.”
-Karl-Heinz Rummenigge; source: Der Spiegel via Daily Mail
The last part of Rummenigge’s quote could surely mean positive news for Coutinho, although current Barcelona head coach, Quique Setién has also expressed that he’s keen on seeing the 27-year-old’s skills first-hand.
Either outcome is definitely good news for us, since we won’t have to watch Coutinho waste possessions with preposterous long shots. Unless of course we once again decide to be the lifeline for a former world-class player looking for a career resurrection. Then, we will be screwed.