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By now, we all know the story of Philippe Coutinho’s far from ideal transfer from Liverpool to Barcelona.
The now 27-year-old Brazilian made the big switch to Catalonia but ended up regretting it really quickly. After a rather short spell with the Blaugrana, Coutinho was promptly shipped off on loan to Bayern Munich, where he is currently plying his trade.
And for a short while, life was good in Bavaria and the Brazilian was finally finding his feet.
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Bayern reportedly have a clause that states they can buy the player from Barcelona for €120m (£102.6m) but as things currently stand, only a big improvement in his performances could actually warrant such a price tag.
Of course, we can’t know for sure whether the Bavarians actually plan on activating said clause or not but it’s pretty safe to assume that Coutinho will have to convince them to do so by being an important player in their ongoing campaign. Despite a good start, as we have already stated, he still seems to be far from that at the moment.
But Sport Bild (via Mundo Deportivo) have recently come out with an interesting piece of information that could actually give Barcelona an unexpected boost in this scenario, assuming they still want to get rid of the Brazilian.
The outlet states the now-former Tottenham Hotspur man, Mauricio Pochettino, who was recently replaced by Jose Mourinho, could be heading to Bayern Munich next summer and there, he would reunite with Coutinho.
Of course, they spent some time together back at Espanyol and just recently, The Sun spoke at length about Pochettino being fuming with the board for actually not getting Coutinho to Spurs last summer.
But with the two of them finally meeting once again in Bavaria, the ex-Spurs manager would finally get his man but would have to pay the aforementioned £102.6m clause to get him.
If he was truly so adamant in getting him last summer, he might want to do the same come next summer, only this time, he could get the necessary backing from the board.
This is basically the ideal scenario for Barcelona, who could profit from this Pochettino to Bayern transaction if it were really to happen in the near future.
But a lot of it is still on Coutinho as the player will have to perform well enough to warrant that huge release clause.