Bayern Munich will be far more receptive to selling Serge Gnabry this summer if they sign Liverpool’s Sadio Mane first, and one pundit has insisted there’s “legs” in a Gnabry return to the Emirates.
Mane is expected to push for a Liverpool exit this summer. The Senegalese, 30, has just one year left on his current contract. The Reds don’t wish to lose such an important asset, though Mane’s contract situation puts them in a difficult position.
Indeed, if Mane is adamant he won’t pen fresh terms, Liverpool run the risk of losing him for nothing if they don’t cash in this summer.
Bayern Munich are the primary contender to secure his services at present. Their initial £21m bid was rejected, though they harbour hopes they’ll have better luck with the second offering.
Liverpool want a suitable replacement lined up first, per the Guardian. Serge Gnabry would tick that box, though the Bayern winger, 26, is also a target for Arsenal.
He is in a similar position to Mane with his contract expiring in 2023. Bayern don’t wish to sell, though they’re also unwilling to match Gnabry’s wage demands.
Now, according to Bild, Bayern’s chances of selling Gnabry will soar if Mane is signed first.
Mane, Gnabry futures could be intertwined
Their claims are relayed by the Sun who note a Mane move to Bavaria will be ‘music to Arsenal’s ears’.
Mane would become an instant starter at Bayern and his arrival could relegate Gnabry to the bench if both were on the books.
Between Liverpool and Arsenal, it is the latter whose need to sign Gnabry is arguably the greater.
The Gunners never replaced Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in January and recently confirmed Alexandre Lacazette will leave as a free agent. Gnabry can operate all across the frontline and would go some way to ensuring Mikel Arteta isn’t short on firepower next season.
Winger would “fit in seamlessly” at Arsenal
That is certainly the view of former Arsenal frontman, Kevin Campbell. Insisting there’s “legs” to a Gnabry return to north London, Campbell told Football Insider: “He is obviously a player Arteta admires. He knows his qualities and likes him as a player.
“The likes of Gnabry would fit in seamlessly. He knows the club. It would be the second coming but he knows the club. It is not as if it would be all knew to him. That part of it is really important.
“You want new signings to hit the ground running. You would not have to worry about that with Gnabry.
“There is definite legs in it because Gnabry still has Arsenal in him. If the opportunity arises… Wow. He is quality.”