Liverpool have only just signed a winger in Luis Díaz, who arrived for a fee of £49million, but it didn’t take long for them to link up with a move for another.
A ‘stand-off’ deal with Bayern Munich has seen Serge Gnabry engaged in talks over a move to Liverpool, with the Reds and Manchester United both on ‘red alert’ for the player.
At the end of this season, Gnabry will be at Bayern for four years. Since leaving Arsenal and not being deemed good enough for West Brom by Tony Pulis, he has scored 59 goals in 154 games for the Bundesliga side, provided 44 assists and helped them to win three Bundesliga titles, two DFB-Pokals and the Champions League.
This season, only Robert Lewandowski has scored more than Gnabry’s 12 for Bayern and the winger is still just 26.
Yet so far Bayern Munich have been unable to agree a new contract, and with 18 months remaining on his current contract (the same amount as Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mané and Roberto Firmino), Sky Germany reports that some of the top clubs around Europe are circling.
As well as Liverpool and Manchester United, Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona are also said to be waiting in the wings to pounce if they don’t tie Gnabry to an extension before the end of the campaign.
“I wouldn’t wish anything more for him to extend,” Bayern Munich manager Julian Nagelsmann said of Gnabry’s contract situation recently.
The player, valued at £63million by Transfermarkt, would demand similar terms to fellow Bayern wingers Kingsley Coman and Leroy Sané to stay on, with the pair earning around £200,000 a week which would be in the price of Liverpool. interval.
Replacing Sadio Mané with, say, Gnabry in the summer of 2023, when both players could move on without a transfer fee, could make a lot of sense for Liverpool and soften the blow of losing the Senegalese.
By then, he would be about to turn 28, while Mané will turn 31 in a few months.
Obviously, planning this far is difficult and a lot could change by next summer, but there will be profitable ways to continue the succession plan in Liverpool’s attack, and Gnabry proves it.
Whether it’s this summer or the next, he could be available, and as a young winger who still has something to prove in English football, he just might fit the bill.