Bayern Munich will not buy on-loan Brazilian star Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona, chairman of the German champions Karl-Heinz Rummenigge told Der Spiegel magazine on Friday.
The option of paying €120 million ($130 million) for the player has expired, and Rummenigge said, “we haven’t activated it.”
Coutinho joined Bayern last August but has not been able to shine consistently.
Before the season was halted in March due to the coronavirus, Coutinho featured in 23 of 25 league games but only started 15 times. Coutinho, who has eight goals and six assists his name, sat out the resumption of the season last weekend after ankle surgery in April.
Rummenigge also said the transfer market will see a tightening of the belts once the crisis has passed.
So, it wouldn’t be an option to pay a club record fee for a player.
“We will now draw up internal squad planning (for next season) and we will see if he still has a role to play with us or not.”