The Brazilian midfielder has failed to impress since joining the La Liga champions from Liverpool and Barca have been keen to offload their big-money signing as they revamp the squad.
Coutinho move may not be unconnected with the imminent arrival of another Brazilian forward Neymar. He was offered to a number of Premier League clubs before the English transfer window for buying players slammed shut but were knocked back, and a move to the Bundesliga now appears to be the next stage of Coutinho’s journey.
An agreement in principle has been put in place between the two clubs, with the deal almost complete but not formally closed, with the player being left out of the La Liga season opener against Athletic Bilbao as the move inches nearer.
Coutinho’s chances of playing regularly this summer with the arrival of French winger Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid, the arrival of the Frenchman adds to Ousmane Dembele who is also an option on that flank ahead of the Brazilian in the pecking order.
It would be recalled that coutinho he arrival from Liverpool them was a long-term vision to replace Andres Iniesta as a creative force in midfield. He was not however not trusted to play in that position, and with arrival Frenkie de Jong from Ajax, joining Arthur and Ivan Rakitic as central options, the chances of him playing regularly have further limited