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’s 29-year-old star upset with his situation, desires more clarity on role
At Real Madrid, the quest for securing a spot in the first-team lineup involves battling it out with some of the best players in European football.
Competition is generally considered the perfect antidote to complacency and the Merengues‘ immensely talented roster encapsulates that sentiment best.
While injuries have done a number on the team, there is still an abundance of competition in the squad. As of now, the fight for a spot in the starting lineup is most intense among the goalkeepers.
Indeed, since the beginning of the campaign, there has been no fixed goalkeeper with both Andriy Lunin and Kepa Arrizabalaga featuring between the sticks alternately.
However, after being acquired on a season-long loan to fill in the absence of Thibaut Courtois, Kepa is not entirely content with his situation.
Kepa unsatisfied with the unclarity
Indeed, as per The Athletic, Kepa is extremely disappointed with his situation and how the coaching staff at Real Madrid have been handling the matter.
Ancelotti has not clearly explained his reasoning as to which of Lunin and Kepa is currently his first-choice keeper.
And according to sources close to him, Kepa is unhappy and would have preferred further clarification on the matter from the manager.
Lunin in the driving seat
Owing to Lunin’s exceptional form lately, he has successfully displaced Kepa as the first-choice goalkeeper.
In fact, Kepa has not started a game since Real Madrid’s clash against Almeria last month in which they leaked two goals.
It is safe to assume Kepa’s frustrations stem from the fact that he initially arrived as the primary keeper to replace Courtois and turned down an offer from Bayern Munich to join the Madrid outfit.
As such, being shunned and having minimal clarity from the coaching staff’s preferred goalkeeper has led to dissatisfaction.
As things stand, Real Madrid have no plans of signing him permanently, given that Chelsea would ask around €20 million for him, something that the club have intentions of paying.