FC Bayern is not only concerned with the cause of Robert Lewandowski these days, but also with the future of Serge Gnabry. The two cases may even have something to do with each other. Because if Lewandowski actually leaves the German soccer record champion, this could change Gnabry’s fate in Munich, as “Sport Bild” has now revealed.
It’s currently not that easy to follow all the speculation and rumors about FC Bayern. There are several construction sites at the Munich team that the club would like to close as quickly as possible. One of them has to do with Serge Gnabry. The international has had an offer to extend his contract for months, but is still reluctant to extend his contract, which currently only runs until 2023.
The offer from the club bosses is said to come with an annual salary of up to 19 million euros, which would put Gnabry close to the top earners Thomas Müller (around 20 million euros a year) and Co.
The problem: The people of Munich need planning security in a timely manner and are only too reluctant to let Gnabry go on a free transfer in the coming year. If the 26-year-old does not extend, he is said to be sold in the summer. Or: As the “kicker” recently reported, possibly even land in the stands.
However, it is not that far yet. According to “Sport Bild” information, one hopes in Munich that the upcoming World Cup at the end of the year will ensure that Gnabry is extended in order to have a clear head for the big tournament.
National team director Oliver Bierhoff, looking at FC Bayern, has already made it clear that Gnabry’s situation with the German series champion is not easy at the moment.
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“It can be a problem, especially in a World Cup year, when there are too many top players in the squad who want and need all the minutes and who want to play for themselves,” Bierhoff is quoted as saying by the trade journal. The commitment of Sadio Mané, who like Gnabry is active on the flanks, does not make it easier for the German international.
However, there is light at the end of the tunnel. Because should Lewandowski leave FC Bayern in the direction of Barcelona, which is currently widely assumed because the tablecloth between him and the Munich team seems to have been cut after the Poles clearly expressed their intention to change, there is a new opportunity for Gnabry.
According to “Sport Bild”, he can also imagine the attack center as a new position. So does he extend as soon as Lewandowski has run away? In this case, those responsible at FC Bayern would have killed two birds with one stone: the extension with Gnabry would have been done and a replacement for the world footballer would be found immediately.