Reported Liverpool transfer target Serge Gnabry is now happy to stay at Bayern Munich for the time being.
That’s according to The Athletic, who claim that Gnabry isn’t ‘actively’ pushing to leave Bayern this summer. Despite his contract having just a year to run, he’s reportedly ‘happy’ to stay at the club next season.
Liverpool have been one of the clubs linked with the 27-year-old, but Bayern are said to be ‘optimistic’ that he’ll sign a new deal. Talks to that end are claimed to be ‘ongoing.’
However, the German champions are reportedly ‘reluctant’ to let Gnabry run down his contract and leave for nothing next year. Something has to give.
Gnabry still of interest to Liverpool, despite Darwin addition
Since Liverpool’s signing of Darwin Nunez in June, links to Gnabry have certainly cooled.
Despite that, there’s still been some suggestions that The Reds were hoping to snatch the Germany international on a cut-price deal.
With that in mind, perhaps they’ll take another run at him if his contract standoff remains into the new year. Gnabry isn’t especially the kind of age profile Liverpool tend to go for – he turns twenty-seven today – but on a free transfer he’d be an excellent addition.
Liverpool aren’t short of quality in forward areas of course. Mohamed Salah’s new deal has also lessened the need to bring in additional bodies.
Nevertheless, it isn’t every day that players with such pedigree become available. Liverpool made an exception to their recruitment policy to bring in Thiago Alcantara in 2020, and Gnabry is similarly gifted.
BBC pundit Pat Nevin called him ‘frightening’ on BBC 5 Live (11/12/2019) after he terrorised Tottenham in the Champions League.
His ability to play off either foot on either side is a rare one to find. Like Salah in 2017, he may also feel he has a point to prove in the Premier League after failing to make the grade at Arsenal.
One situation it might be worth keeping half-an-eye on as the new season develops.