Bayern Munich secure James Rodriguez replacement with Philippe Coutinho loan


Philippe Coutinho signs for Bayern Munich as Franck Ribery replacement

Bayern Munich have signed Philippe Coutinho on a one-year loan from Barcelona with an option to buy for €120 million at the end of it, as Bayern sign their second winger of the post-Ribery and Robben era, with Ivan Perisic signing last week.


Coutinho endured a tough time with the La Liga champions, but with this incredible opportunity to play at the biggest German club, he has another chance to prove himself as one of the world's best.


With the European transfer window closing on 2 September, Bayern Munich might be encouraged to make more signings, but it seems as if they have finished their business for this transfer window.


Coutinho's versatility might allow him to play as either a left-winger, becoming Ribery's replacement, or else as a central attacking midfielder, filling the void left by James Rodriguez, with the Brazilian's artistic mind offering plenty of options in the middle.


Coutinho has inherited Arjen Robben's number, the legendary number 10, which has also been the number of other legends of the game such as Lothar Matthaus, Stefan Effenberg and Roy Makaay.