attacking midfielder is close to joining on a season-long loan.

The international, 27, was left out of ’s squad for their La Liga opener against Athletic Bilbao on Friday.

“We can confirm that there is an agreement in principle for the loan of Coutinho to Bayern,” said club director Guillermo Amor before the match.

“We just have to finalise the deal.”

Coutinho joined from in a £142m deal in January 2018.

Despite scoring 21 goals in 76 appearances for the Spanish giants, he has fallen short of expectations and been linked with several clubs this summer.

It is believed he was included as part of a bid by Barcelona to re-sign Neymar from Paris St-Germain, the Spanish club reportedly willing to offer 100m euros (£92.4m) plus Coutinho for the forward.

ended their interest in a loan deal for Coutinho earlier this month, while he was also linked with moves to and back to .

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