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Arsenal handed huge triple transfer boost with re-signing of Serge Gnabry taking shape

Bayern Munich forwards Robert Lewandowski and Serge Gnabry

Arsenal’s path to signing Serge Gnabry for a second time has cleared after multiple reports delivered promising updates for the Gunners.

The winger, 26, has developed into one of Europe’s premier attackers since returning to Germany. Serge Gnabry moved to Arsenal in 2011, though failed to make his mark in English football either at the Emirates or out on loan.

He returned to his homeland with Werder Bremen in 2016 before quickly earning a move to Bayern a year later. In the subsequent five years, Gnabry plundered 64 goals and 40 assists in just 174 outings in Munich.

He remains one of Bayern’s most potent threats going forward. However, his contract status has sparked talk of a potential exit this summer.

His current deal expires in 2023 and according to Fabrizio Romano, talks over an extension have stalled.

Writing in his column for CaughtOffside, Romano stated Bayern have been in negotiations with Gnabry dating all the way back to October.

Their latest offering of around €10m net per season (roughly £163,000-a-week) has not been accepted by Gnabry.

Whether his stance regarding that offer will change, only time will tell. However, German outlet Bild previously reported Gnabry was seeking around £12.5m-per-year (approx. £240,000-a-week).

Bayern take a stand

That may be difficult for Arsenal to muster, but the same rings true for Bayern.

Indeed, Romano added the German giants have ‘no plans’ to go beyond their latest offer of around £163,000-a-week.

With Gnabry seemingly in limbo as his contract talks stall, all eyes are on who could swoop.

Arsenal and Real Madrid are the two clubs to have drawn links thus far, though the Champions League winners might not be as interested as first thought.

Los Blancos recently missed out on the blockbuster addition of Kylian Mbappe. But instead of compensating with a different arrival in the forwards, Gianluca Di Marzio reports they’ll focus all their attention on revamping their midfield instead.

Di Marzio reported Real have ‘no plans’ to sign a winger this summer with Liverpool target Aurelien Tchouameni now taking precedent.

Bild’s Christian Falk recently claimed Arsenal could wait until Gnabry becomes a free agent before swooping.

However, with Bayern’s latest offer going unsigned, combined with no plans to table a more lucrative extension and Real Madrid stepping back, the pieces over a permanent move to north London are falling into place.

Serge Gnabry to Arsenal – yes or no?

Gnabry operates primarily on the right wing – a position currently sewn up by Bukayo Saka at Arsenal.

However, he has been deployed both on the right and centrally on occasion. What’s more, Football London cite a prior report from Germany that noted Gnabry wishes to play a more prominent role in a central position moving forwards.

Should Arsenal fail in their quest to sign Gabriel Jesus, Gnabry could represent a false nine-type option to spearhead Mikel Arteta’s attack. That is a system both Liverpool and Manchester City have used to great effect in recent seasons.

Regardless, Gnabry’s contract status makes him a highly attractive proposition in the market , irrespective of what position he plays. Due to the fact he only has 12 months left on his Bayern deal, the Sun claimed he could be signed for just £33m.

At 26, he is in the prime of his career and has many more fruitful years ahead. He would also bring a winning mentality and experience of competing at the highest level year after year – something many of Arsenal’s current young squad lack.

If a move can be made, Arsenal would be wise to strike.