Bayern Munich sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic says he is still optimistic that Serge Gnabry will commit his long-term future to the club.
The German international has a year left on his contract at the Allianz Arena but talks over a new deal have stalled, leading to him being linked with moves to Liverpool, Manchester United and former club Arsenal. Salihamidzic claims he is determined to keep the 26-year-old but he wants an answer from the player so they can look at selling him if an agreement can’t be reached:
“I’m very clear about that, he’s a great guy. We really want to keep him. We would love to extend with him. I think we showed him the necessary appreciation. I hope that he chooses FC Bayern. We will intensify the talks over the next few weeks. But if a player doesn’t want to decide for the club then it’s only fair to tell us so that we can find a solution that makes everyone happy.”
Reports in Germany suggest that Gnabry could be made available for €40m (£34m) to prevent him from leaving for nothing at the end of next season.
Liverpool would probably opt against making a move for him this summer, following the acquisition of Darwin Nunez from Benfica, but if the winger does opt to run down his contract, he would certainly be an attractive option on a free transfer.