Will Serge Gnabry stay at FC Bayern or will he possibly leave the record champions in the summer? His contract runs until 2023 – and could soon be extended.
Serge Gnabry has been linked with an early departure from FC Bayern for some time now. The reason for this is the stagnating contract negotiations with the Munich club. Real Madrid in particular are said to be very interested. However, a move to the royals in the summer seems very unlikely and there are good reasons for this.
Even though Gnabry is only 26 years old, he is one of the experienced professionals at FC Bayern. The winger moved from Werder Bremen to the Isar in the summer of 2017 and has developed into a regular player and top performer in recent years.
It remains to be seen how long the German international will continue to play for the record champions. Gnabry is contractually bound to the Munich club until 2023. However, talks are proceeding very slowly. The club and the player have been negotiating for months, but an agreement is still not in sight.
Reports are currently doing the rounds that Real Madrid have set their sights on the right-winger and could make an attempt in the summer if there is no extension with Bayern.
However, there is no reason, neither for Gnabry nor for FC Bayern, to part ways prematurely at the end of the season.
The numbers speak for themselves
While players like Robert Lewandowski, Thomas Müller or Manuel Neuer are often in the foreground at FC Bayern, Serge Gnabry’s numbers are also quite impressive. The 26-year-old has played 162 games for FCB and has 99 goals to his name. On average, Gnabry is directly involved in a goal in at least every second Bayern game.
His consistency is particularly remarkable: Gnabry has scored at least ten goals in the past four seasons and has collected almost 20 scorer points per season. In the 2019/20 season, the attacking all-rounder finished with 23 goals and 14 assists and was thus instrumental in the sextuple.
With 21 goal contributions in 36 games, the DFB star is also playing strongly this season. A Gnabry sale would certainly be a bitter sporting setback for Bayern.
Gnabry is part of the “New Gen” at FC Bayern
Irrespective of the pure numbers, data and facts, however, there is another important reason why a departure of Gnabry in the summer is very unlikely. The Stuttgart native is part of the so-called New Gen at FCB. This includes players like Leon Goretzka, Joshua Kimmich and Leroy Sané. This is the generation that is supposed to take over the legacy of Neuer, Müller and Lewandowski. Gnabry & Co. should not only set the tone on the pitch, but also off it.
According to his own statements, Gnabry feels very comfortable in Munich and is very popular within the team. According to reports, the winger does not want to leave Bayern at all, but would like to win more titles together with his friends Kimmich, Sané and Goretzka. The trio can and should shape a new era in Munich together.
Real Madrid has no need
Last but not least, one must also take a look at Real Madrid’s current squad. You will quickly realise that the Blancos have no real need in the offensive department. Even if Gareth Bale and Eden Hazard were to leave the club in the summer, especially in the case of Bale everything looks like it, they have four more players for the attacking flanks in Vinicius Junior, Marco Asensio, Isco and Rodrygo. The latter is only 21 years young and moved to Madrid from Santos FC for a whopping 45 million euros in 2019. Lucas Vazquez also interprets his role as a right-back very offensively and has already played as a right-winger many times this season.
It is also clear that Gnabry is certainly not a priority in the Spanish capital. Real have their sights firmly set on two other desired players in Kylian Mbappé and Erling Haaland. The transfer of PSG star Mbappé, who is available on a free transfer in the summer, is already considered certain. With Haaland, Real would have to dig much deeper into their pockets. According to rumours, the total package (transfer fee, salary, hand money) would cost more than 300 million euros. It is questionable whether the Spanish would be able to find another 60 to 70 million euros for Gnabry.