FC Bayern’s 2-2 draw against VfB Stuttgart showed that record champions Serge Gnabry have to hold on at all costs and, if necessary, sell Leroy Sane. Tanguy Nianzou doubts that he will get the breakthrough. And with the current defense, it will be difficult in the coming year. Game theses.
1. Bayern must clearly extend with Gnabry
Three shots on goal, three shot assists, forced to equalize 1-1 (Mavropano’s own goal) and started 2-1 with the penultimate pass. No question: Serge Gnabry was one of the best offensive players in FC Bayern in the 2-2 victory over VfB Stuttgart. A contract extension with the national player after 2023 is mandatory for the record champions for three reasons.
- Gnabry is also not immune to some slacks, but overall he delivers consistently. He has scored at least ten goals in each of his six Bundesliga seasons so far. He currently has a decent 27 scoring points in 44 competitive games. His 14 Bundesliga goals this year mean a new personal record.
- Gnabry is of elementary importance for the cabin climate. Kimmich, Goretzka, Gnabry, Süle and Sane are considered great friends. With Süle, a popular member of the band is already leaving the Borussia Dortmund club at the end of the season. No one wants to imagine that Gnabry could also pack his suitcases in addition to the central defender. “Serge played well today and is an excellent player. He is a very important part of our team, much more than a teammate,” Goretzka exclaims when asked. SPOX and GOALS. And further: “He has become a good friend over the years. It is no secret when I say that I myself have known him since I was a boy. We have grown up together. I hope, of course, for an extension of him.”
- Sporty AND economical, there is hardly any alternative to Gnabry anyway. On every occasion, the managers emphasize that in future they must tighten their financial ties. Bayern had to dig deep into the pockets of successor candidates like Leipzig’s Nkunku or Ajax Amsterdam’s Antony. An extension with Gnabry, also for an absolute top salary, seems cheaper.
According to sports picture FC Bayern Gnabry recently made an improved offer. He should therefore be able to earn 17 to 19 million euros. For comparison: He is currently said to be collecting around eight million euros per year. season. With the pay rise, he would rise to the top incomes around Kingsley Coman (reportedly around 17 million euros) and Sane (reportedly around 20 million euros). Gnabry has not yet accepted the offer.
“We have limits,” said sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic when asked about Gnabry’s contract situation. “It’s up to him to decide. The boy is amazing, I like him a lot. I would love to keep him.” However, Bayern did not set a deadline for the right winger, as was the case with David Alaba. Instead, further discussions should follow. Salihamidzic: “Serge must feel comfortable. We have had many conversations with him and his management – we are ready to continue with that and we will do it. Of course we hope we can do it.”
If the economy is at the forefront in the end, those responsible should think about selling Leroy Sane – to keep Gnabry with the funds that are then released. Because unlike Gnabry, Sane no longer emerges from his low form, which has been going on for several months …