Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich have made a decision over the long-term future of Brazil superstar Philippe Coutinho at the club.
Coutinho joined Bayern on loan from FC Barcelona at the start of the season, and has recorded nine goals and eight assists across all competitions for the campaign.
Despite the 28-year-old's respectable return, Bayern president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has confirmed that the club will not be able to sign him permanently, largely due to Barca's reported asking price of €120 million (R2.4 billion).
"Coutinho – as previously stated – his contract is expiring and we cannot and will not make further investments of this scale," Rummenigge told Bild.
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Rummenigge also shed light on the transfer situation surrounding midfielder Thiago Alcantara, who has been strongly linked with a €30 million (R612 million) move to newly crowned Premier League champions, Liverpool.
"With respect to Thiago, it's well-known that he told us he'd like to do something new. If a club comes to us that is ready to pay an appropriately fair transfer fee, we will take it up," he added.