What Serge Gnabry plans to do this summer has been revealed in the German media, with Liverpool and Arsenal among those sizing up a raid.
The 26-year-old has been the subject of intense transfer speculation already in 2022. Gnabry’s current deal at Bayern Munich is poised to expire in 2023. Losing him for free is an unpalatable prospect for the Bavarians with Sport1 describing it as the ‘worst case scenario’.
Bayern are keen to pin the winger down to fresh terms. The 60 goals and 41 assists he’s plundered since arriving in 2017 are an obvious indicator why.
However, Gnabry’s wage demands are believed to be a central issue as to why progress hasn’t been made. Bild previously reported Gnabry was seeking around £240,000-a-week, though Bayern’s latest offer was reportedly only in the region of £163,000-per-week.
The finances of what a move for Gnabry would require were recently detailed by Anfield Central. Given he is about to enter the final year of his deal, he’ll likely be available for a fraction of his true value this summer if sold.
Now, German outlet Sport1 has shed new light on what the future holds for Gnabry.
Gnabry preference and plan comes to light
They state Gnabry’s preference is actually to remain at Bayern Munich next season. His reasoning stems from feeling comfortable both in the city of Munich as well as in the system of Bayern boss Julian Nagelsmann.
His current plan is reportedly to enter the final 12 months of his contract without having made a concrete decision about what will come next.
That could potentially tee up a very lucrative free agent switch in 2023. The apparent £30m sign-on bonus Antonio Rudiger received for joining Real Madrid is cited as a prime example of that route proving incredibly fruitful.
What’s more, it’s acknowledged a strong showing at the Qatar World Cup later this year will see his prospects as a free agent swell in 2023.
Regardless, Sport1 state that should Gnabry refuse to pen fresh terms in the coming weeks, Bayern will push for a sale well before September 1.
Arsenal and Liverpool, along with Real Madrid, will certainly be hoping Bayern make good on that claim.
Liverpool or Arsenal – who needs him more?
The Germany international has been a consistent and capable performer every year since joining Bayern.
He has never failed to crack double figures for league goals and has been a mainstay in a side that has dominated domestic German football in recent times.
Arsenal’s need for a player of Gnabry’s quality is arguably greater than Liverpool’s – even if Mane departs.
Gnabry can operate anywhere across the frontline and the Gunners recently confirmed Alexandre Lacazette will depart for free.
Liverpool will reportedly only sanction a Mane sale if they have a suitable replacement lined up first. Gnabry would tick that box, though Luis Diaz will likely make the left wing position his own anyway and Mohamed Salah is immoveable down the right.
Of the two, it is Arsenal who should push the boat out to sign Gnabry in our eyes.