That’s why Serge Gnabry is indispensable for FC Bayern

Apart from Robert Lewandowski’s unclear future, Serge Gnabry’s move to Bayern Munich is also uncertain. The contract poker with the national player can result in a departure this summer – probably not a decisive weakening for the Munich team.

Serge Gnabry’s contract situation at FC Bayern has been the subject of much speculation for months.

One thing is clear: FC Bayern want to extend the contract of their national team player and have presented the offensive man with a contract offer that is ready to be signed. According to media reports, Gnabry could earn 17 to 19 million euros in the future with Munich. But Gnabry has so far been reluctant and has refused to accept his employer’s offer.

Meanwhile, FC Bayern’s attitude towards the winger seems to be changing: If Gnabry still does not want to extend and decide on a future together, then he should just leave this summer.

It was recently reported that the pain threshold for a timely transfer should be 60 million euros. Real Madrid in particular could appear in these dimensions after efforts to transfer Mbappé to the Spanish capital failed.

FC Bayern win their matches without Serge Gnabry

Unlike Robert Lewandowski, Gnabry is not considered indispensable to the people of Munich. FC Bayern have delivered excellent matches with the native Stuttgart for the last four years – but also without him.

The national player usually emerges in the matches where Bayern are already dominant and superior. He scored 14 of his 17 goals this season in the Bundesliga and Champions League, as FCB still ended up winning by at least two goals. Examples are 5: 0 against Dynamo Kyiv or 7: 1 against RB Salzburg in the best class and 7: 0 against VfL Bochum or 4: 1 at Hertha BSC and SC Freiburg.

If FC Bayern is powerful and dominant, Gnabry usually performs at the top level. But especially in the games where the German industry leader does not work, Gnabry also dives in too often.

A discriminator who wants to be himself pushes himself forward in these games and takes responsibility. In the case of the winger, this is rarely seen.

Gnabry went down against Gladbach and Villarreal with FC Bayern

The hardships of recent months, why a decent Bayern season with the tenth championship title in a row did not turn out to be very good, were in the knockout matches in the cup tournaments against Borussia Mönchengladbach in the DFB Cup (0: 5) and in both duels with Villarreal (0- 1, 1-1) in the Champions League.

In Gladbach and Villarreal, Gnabry went down with his colors and was replaced early after disappointing performances. In the do-or-die match in the second round of the quarter-final against the Spaniards, head coach Julian Nagelsmann initially omitted the FCB star altogether and only brought him in for Jamal Musiala after 82 minutes.

Gnabry is simply not as important and valuable as the player and his surroundings would like to see themselves for Bayern Munich.

Mané as successor to Gnabry in Bayern?

The football class for the soon-to-be 27-year-old national player is undisputed. But it is not at a level that Bayern managers around CEO Oliver Kahn and sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic could not find again if Gnabry actually went their separate ways.

Recently, the rumor mill has been underway that Sadio Mané from Liverpool FC could be a serious option on Säbener Straße. A player who over the years has proven time and time again that he can make a difference for his club.



Gnabry, on the other hand, could have put himself on the sales list with the now almost common attitude of complaining about lack of appreciation in the club and at the same time reaching out for even greater salary demands.

The 26-year-old has been a constant on the Bayern team for the past four years. He has won the German championship in Munich every year and was an important part of the triple squad from the excellent 2019/2020 season.

But he is not indispensable for Bayern, as a multiple world goalkeeper and captain Manuel Neuer, a midfielder and mentality monster Joshua Kimmich or a double world football player and record scorer Robert Lewandowski.

Mats Yannick Roth

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