Gnabry has just one year remaining on his current deal at the Allianz, but has thus far failed to come to any agreement over an extension. Bayern president Herbert Hainer offered a glimpse into the ongoing negotiations, telling BILD : “We’ve been in talks with Serge for a long time, unfortunately there hasn’t been an agreement yet. There are a few different ideas. We’re working on that.”
But with talks at an impasse, the idea of the German international moving on during the summer window has been heavily mooted. Arsenal are the club most closely linked, with Mikel Arteta reportedly open to bringing the academy graduate back to North London.
Madrid were another side said to be in the race, but Marca claim that despite speculation, the European champions haven’t made an offer and don’t intend to in the coming weeks. The Spanish news outlet go as far to say that the ‘door is closed’ to a potential move for Gnabry, with Carlo Ancelotti happy with the options already at his disposal.
That decision could give Arsenal a clear path to land Gnabry, who left for just £5million back in 2016. The 26-year-old failed to fully establish himself during his first stint at the club, but still holds fond memories of that time, declaring in 2019 that he was “always a Gunner”.
The winger added: “It was the hardest decision but I think it worked out well because I wanted to play. But as a club, Arsenal are top, top.” And when speaking to CBS Sports a year later, Gnabry reaffirmed his feelings, naming Arsenal as “the favourite” if he were to return to the Premier League.
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With Liverpool also touted as a possible destinationm that claim could soon be put to the test, as will Bayern’s determination to keep hold of one of their best players and risk losing him on a free in a year’s time.
“We’re in the fortunate position that we don’t have any economic hardships,” Hainer said on the likes of Gnabry and Robert Lewandowski, both of whom will be out of contract next season. “[Free transfers] are nothing out of the ordinary these days. We just got a player from Ajax [Noussair Mazraoui] on a free transfer.”
Sport1 claim that unless an offer that is too good to turn down comes in, Gnabry is happy to bide his time and run his current contract down into next season. They suggest that his current plan is to stay with the German champions, particularly with a winter World Cup just five months away.
From January 1 of next year, the forward would then be able to negotiate a pre-contract agreement elsewhere – as his international colleague Antonio Rudiger has recently done with Real Madrid. That could, in turn, pocket him extra funds, in terms of wages and signing-on bonuses.
But, for now at least, if Bayern do blink and look to sell, Arsenal appear best placed to pounce with Real Madrid focusing their attention on signing Monaco midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni.