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Report: Serge Gnabry contract talks still on hold as Bayern Munich face another Sule’s dilemma

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MUNICH, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 05: Serge Gnabry of FC Bayern München looks on during the Bundesliga match between FC Bayern München and RB Leipzig at Allianz Arena on February 05, 2022 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

Bayern Munich have been trying to tie down Serge Gnabry on a new long-term contract. 

But while Bayern wants Gnabry to sign a new deal, there is still just a lot of negotiating that needs to get done per the reports

According to Sky Sports Germany, the two parties are far from reaching an agreement at the moment which primarily has to do with salary negotiations.

The source mentions that Gnabry is looking for a pay-raise while Bayern Munich are unwilling to give the player what he wants.

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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.

They’ve already tied down Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka, and Kingsley Coman to new deals and still have to navigate through extensions for Manuel Neuer, Thomas Muller, and Robert Lewandowski in addition to Gnabry.

For Bayern, this is proving to be an increasingly difficult task in negotiating salaries for most of their stars with upcoming expiring contracts despite the openness of all of said players wanting to extend their stay at the club.

Speaking about Gnabry’s contract situation, Bayern boss Nagglesmann said:

“I would wish for nothing more than that he would extend.”

Another Sule’s situation? 

Earlier last week, Borussia Dortmund announced the signing of Niklas Sule from Bayern Munich on a free transfer this summer after failure to agree terms on a new deal, he will leave the Munich club.

Meanwhile, few reports in Germany have suggested that Niklas Sule wanted a bigger wage packet to stay in Bavaria.

After listening to the version of events from Bayern and German media, Sule’s agent Struth has insisted that Sule didn’t feel valued at the club due to the timing of contract negotiations.

“The reason why he is leaving Bavaria is very simple: he has the feeling that he is not valued enough.

In the past, there was always a contract talk two years before the end of the contract, with Sule it was only six months before that and by then the penny had already dropped: Süle wanted to leave FC Bayern.”

At just 26 years old, the big German is a top player coming into his prime, and has experience at the highest levels.

He has all the qualities of a modern defender plus excellent physicality. In a normal year, Sule would at least cost €50m for any prospective buyer instead of going out without any fees.

While Sule feels he’s not appreciated enough by the board to the handling of his contract extension, it seems Gnabry’s situation is heading to the same direction.

What next for Bayern Munich?

Bayern Munich will need to finalize Gnabry’s contract before summer or risk letting him follow Sule’s path.

Gnabry, 26, has developed into one of European football’s most talented wingers since heading to Bayern in 2018, just three years after Tony Pulis declared he was ‘not at the required level’ to play for West Brom in the Premier League.

With the negotiation 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 with the likes of Manchester United, Barcelona, Real Madrid, and Liverpool have been placed on high alert.

 

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