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Bayern Munich turn down option to buy Philippe Coutinho

Bayern Munich have chosen not to use their option to buy Philippe Coutinho, chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has told Der Spiegel.

The 27-year-old has spent the season on an €8.5m loan from Barcelona, with Bayern having the option to make it permanent for €120m.

However, as Rummenigge revealed, that option has now expired. He did suggest the Brazilian could a future in Munich, hinting that the Bundesliga giants might renegotiate a price.

According to Transfermarkt, his market value is now €56m, less than half what Bayern were expected to pay.

“The purchase option has expired and we didn’t exercise it,” said Rummenigge. “Now we first have to finish our roster planning internally and decide whether he will play a role with us or not.

Coutinho’s performances have been much debated by Bayern fans, but his statistics show he has been productive.

In 15 league appearances, the former Liverpool star has scored eight goals and clocked six assists.

Coutinho has been linked with a shock return to England with Newcastle if Mauricio Pochettino takes charge.

 

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