Arsenal still keeps Coutinho in sight

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Bayern Munich have confirmed Philippe Coutinho will return to parent club Barcelona, marking the occasion with a ‘thank you and goodbye’ message for the Brazilian.

Coutinho won the Champions League with Bayern during his loan spell, scoring in the quarter-final and replacing goalscorer Kingsley Coman in the final against Paris Saint-Germain.

The German champions had an option to make the move permanent but have opted not to exercise it, prompting links with Arsenal.

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As part of the club’s message to the outgoing player, Bayern board member Hasan Salihamidzic described Coutinho as “outstanding”.

He said: “Even though FC Bayern and Philippe Coutinho are parting ways after just one season, his commitment in Munich has made it clear what an outstanding player he is.”

While Coutinho has been linked with Arsenal for much of the summer, the arrival of Ronald Koeman as Barcelona’s new manager means the future of a number of Barca players may be affected.

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