Philippe Coutinho “takes a huge pay cut” to stay at Bayern Munich


Philippe Coutinho is said to be one of three Bayern Munich players who have agreed to halve their salaries to see the season with the German champions. The former Liverpool player made his first appearance since the start of March when he became a second half substitute in a 4-0 win at Wolfsburg on the last day of the season last Saturday.

The Brazilian spent the coronavirus lockout and the first few weeks of German football restarting recovering from an ankle surgery, but is now able to compete in both the German Cup final and the last few Champions League stages.

In order to participate in these matches, the 28-year-old – who made more than £ 200,000 a week at Bayern – extended his loan from Barcelona until the end of August, joining Alvaro Odriozola of Real Madrid and Ivan Perisic of Inter MIlan to extend his stay by two months.

Coutinho could now participate in the DFB-Pokal final on Saturday

According to Marca, the three players cut their wages in half to end the season in Bavaria.

Coutinho, Odriozola and Perisic could now participate in the DFB-Pokal final against Bayer Leverkusen in Berlin on Saturday, where Bayern hopes to conclude a national double.

The club’s attentions will then turn to the Champions League, their return match of the knockout stages against Chelsea having to take place in Munich on August 7 or 8.

Ivan Perisic is another player who cut his salary

Bayern are 3-0 ahead of the first leg at Stamford Bridge and should therefore qualify for the final stages of the tournament, which will now take place in one match from the quarterfinals, with all matches taking place in Lisbon. from August 12.

Barcelona is expected to seek to sell Coutinho this summer, while Bayern are close to completing the signing of Leroy Sane of Manchester City.


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