Bayern Munich have been trying to tie down Serge Gnabry on a new long-term contract. However, Manchester United, Barcelona, Real Madrid, and Liverpool are monitoring the German’s situation as per reports.
Sky Sports understands that Bayern Munich and Gnabry are far from reaching an agreement at the moment. As a result, he is attracting interest from elsewhere.
The report mention that Gnabry is looking for a pay raise while Bayern Munich are unwilling to give the player what he wants. Gnabry’s current contract at the Allianz Arena runs until the summer of 2023 with the player reportedly demanding wages in the same bracket as the likes of Kingsley Coman or Leroy Sane in the team, whose figures touch up to €15 million per season.
The negotiations are still open and nothing has been decided yet. However, it is clear that the German wide-playmaker will attract offers from the top teams in Europe, should he decide to leave for free in 2023.
Speaking about Gnabry’s contract situation, Bayern boss Naglesmann said:
“I would wish for nothing more than that he would extend.”
The 26-year-old has consistently scored over 10 goals for Bayern in the last 4 seasons and it is likely that he will end up staying in Munich because that is said to be his wish.
Is Serge Gnabry a necessity for Barcelona?
Barcelona boss Xavi’s gameplay revolves around pure wingers and it is no secret. On Sunday against Atleti, one could see why he counts on pure wingers. Gnabry is a proven goal-scorer but he is not a pure winger. Assuming that Barcelona do sign Erling Haaland next summer, there will be no place for Gnarby in the XI.
Leading the line will be Haaland who will be accompanied by the likes of Fati and Torres. If not Haaland, Barcelona will sign a striker next summer.
Barca’s midfield is packed and Gnarby would find it tough to fit in.
In short, Gnabry is not a need of the hour for Barca, though he is an attractive option.
Gnabry’s wages are going to be a problem…
Los Cules have learned the hard way about how to manage their finances. The German’s demands are no joke and Barca will find it tough to pay him what he wants. Moreover, they would have to hand him a signing-on bonus as well.
In short, the club is unlikely to break its existing wage structure for a single player.
Serge Gnabry is a quality player but he is not the need of the hour for Barcelona. Moreover, he will struggle to adapt to Xavi’s style of play. Barcelona should pass on the chance to sign Gnabry, if they are presented with one.