Serge Gnabry has been hot property in the world of football since his breakout season for Bayern Munich in 2018-19. He was named the club’s player of the season that year, making it clear that he was there to stay.
Three years later, the situation has changed. Gnabry is in a tussle with the German club over his contract renewal, and there seems to be no simple solution to bridge the gap.
The winger feels he deserves a higher salary for his impact on the team. Moreover, there is also disparity over his role under Julian Nagelsmann in the coming seasons. As a result of these differences, the player is open to leaving the club.
According to reports from BILD (h/t iMiaSanMia), Real Madrid are serious about signing the former Arsenal man this summer. His departure from Bayern Munich is becoming more likely with every passing day.
The player has one year left on his contract and could play it out to force a free transfer next June. Hence, the club are now under pressure to find an immediate solution regarding Gnabry’s future in the coming window.
The 26-year-old has been on Madrid’s wishlist for several months now. However, Kylian Mbappe’s renewal with PSG has seen his name rocket up the list and his signing is now seen as a priority.
Gnabry made 34 appearances for the Bavarians in the recently concluded Bundesliga season. In that duration, he scored 14 goals and provided five assists. Further, he recorded 17 big chances created and 1.4 key passes per game.
The 26-year-old says he prefers to play centrally because “it’s more fun”, but it seems unlikely that he will get thet chance at Real Madrid following Karim Benzema’s sensational season.
Karim Benzema is Real Madrid’s only performing centre-forward at the moment. If Gnabry makes the switch to the Bernabeu, he could get more minutes in the position of his choice.
Real Madrid veteran tipped to stay at club by ex-star: “His wish is to renew”
Real Madrid are in for a busy summer ahead. While the club are expected to undergo a massive squad overhaul, they are also facing pressure to renew the contracts of some of the most established players in the squad.
Luka Modric is among the list of veterans, who have their contracts expiring at the end of the season. At the age of 37, there has understandably been a layer of uncertainty over his future at Santiago Bernabeu, especially amid interest from Saudi Arabian entities.
The Saudi league has reportedly offered Modric the opportunity to join any club of his choice in the Middle East nation, with a two-and-a-half-year contract worth €40 million per season.
But in a recent media interaction, Predrag Mijatovic, former Real Madrid player and close friend of Modric, has backed the veteran Croat to continue at Santiago Bernabeu.
“When Luka Modric is well, Real Madrid plays much better. His wish is to renew one more year,” said Mijatovic (h/t El Larguero), who played for Real Madrid from 1996 to 1999, featuring in 118 competitive matches for the club.
Mijatovic’s comments confirm recent reports suggesting how Modric is leaning towards a prolonged stay at Bernabeu. It appears the ageing midfielder has no desire to accept the lucrative terms coming from Saudi Arabia just yet.
The former Tottenham star is confident of his abilities to continue at the highest level for at least another year before he can the next and final step in his career.
Since joining Real Madrid in 2012, Modric has featured in 462 competitive matches, racking up 36 goals and 74 assists. His contributions have been crucial to the club’s success over the past decade. Whether or not the midfielder is now willing to extend his stay for a further year remains to be seen.