Coutinho ‘takes huge pay cut’ in order to stay at Bayern Munich

Philippe Coutinho is reportedly one of three Bayern Munich loanees who have agreed to halve their wages in order to see out the season with the German champions.

The former Liverpool

man made his first appearance since early March when he came on as a second half substitute in the 4-0 win at Wolfsburg on the final day of the season last Saturday.

The Brazilian spent the coronavirus lockdown and the first few weeks of German football’s restart recovering from ankle surgery, but he is now fit to take part in both the German Cup final and the latter stages of the Champions League.

In order to compete in those matches the 28-year-old – who was earning over £200,000 a week at Bayern – has extended his loan spell from Barcelona until the end of August, joining Real Madrid’s Alvaro Odriozola and Inter MIlan’s Ivan Perisic in prolonging his stay by two months.

Coutinho could now feature in Saturday’s DFB-Pokal final
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According to Marca, all three players have halved their wages in order to complete the season in Bavaria.

Coutinho, Odriozola and Perisic could now feature in the DFB-Pokal final against Bayer Leverkusen in Berlin on Saturday, where Bayern will hope to wrap up a domestic double.

The club’s attentions would then turn to the Champions League, with their last-16 second leg tie against Chelsea scheduled to take place in Munich on either August 7 or 8.

Ivan Perisic is another player who has cut his wages
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Bayern are 3-0 up from the first leg at Stamford Bridge, and so will be expected to advance to the final stages of the tournament which will now take place over one leg from the quarter-final onwards, with all matches held in Lisbon from August 12.

Barcelona are widely expected to look to sell Coutinho this summer, while Bayern are close to completing the signing of Manchester City’s Leroy Sane.

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