Coutinho: Bayern let purchase option expire, club chief confirms
Philippe Coutinho joined on loan from Barcelona with the option to buy for 120 million euros, but Bayern Munich have opted not to exercise the deal.
Bayern Munich have not activated their purchase option for Philippe Coutinho and the clause has now expired, chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has confirmed.
Coutinho joined Bayern on a season-long loan deal from LaLiga holders Barcelona at the start of the 2019-20 campaign but he has struggled to establish himself in Munich.
Rummenigge not ruling Coutinho out despite clause expiry
The Brazil international arrived with the option to buy for 120 million euros but Bayern have opted not to exercise the deal, though Rummenigge did not close the door on Coutinho.
"The option expired and we haven't activated it," Rummenigge told German magazine Der Spiegel. "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."
Coutinho has failed to live up to the hype since swapping Liverpool for Barça in a blockbuster transfer in 2018.
The 27-year-old has scored eight goals and set up another six goals in 22 Bundesliga matches for Bayern this season, which has been disrupted by coronavirus.
Bayern reportedly after Havertz, Sané
As Bayern reportedly eye Bayer Leverkusen star Kai Havertz and Manchester City's Leroy Sané, Coutinho does not appear to be at the top of the club's list.
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