If there’s one former player in Europe that almost every Arsenal fan would love to see return to the Emirates, it’s Bayern Munich star Serge Gnabry, and we can reportedly sign him for a bargain transfer fee now.
The German spent five years at Arsenal but just couldn’t break into the first team under Arsene Wenger. He decided to leave in 2016 and joined Werder Bremen. Just a year later, Bayern Munich signed him, and after a successful loan spell at Hoffenheim, Gnabry has made a name for himself as one of the best wingers in world football.
The 26-year-old will now enter the final year of his contract, and if reports are to be believed, there’s a good chance he could leave Bayern this summer.
Arsenal can sign Serge Gnabry for a bargain transfer fee
Sky Sports Germany revealed this week that talks between Bayern and Gnabry are yet to progress. They haven’t ruled out an agreement just yet – the winger could still sign a new long-term deal.
However, it is unlikely at this point that Gnabry will commit his future at the Allianz Arena beyond the end of next season.
The news outlet claim that there are two clubs interested in Gnabry at the moment – Real Madrid and Arsenal. Neither side has approached Bayern yet, but if the contract saga drags on, an official bid could well come in.
Bayern cannot demand an outrageous transfer fee for Gnabry as he will soon enter the final year of his contract. As a result, they are willing to let him go for £34 million, which would be an absolute bargain for a player of his quality.
Cheaper than Xhaka and Mustafi
Arsenal have spent a lot of money since the summer of 2016. A few signings have been excellent, while there have been others where we probably overpaid a bit.
Gnabry for £34 million would be a fantastic signing for us. That’s £1 million less than what we paid for Granit Xhaka and Shkodran Mustafi all those years ago, which makes it a no-brainer to sign the Bayern Munich man if he becomes available.
The transfer fee will not be an issue for Arsenal, it’s the wages that could prove to be a huge stumbling block. Following Alexandre Lacazette’s departure, only five players in our entire squad earn over £100,000-a-week – Thomas Partey, Nicolas Pepe, Ben White, Hector Bellerin and Kieran Tierney. (Spotrac)
Whether Mikel Arteta and Edu would be willing to break the bank to pay Gnabry astronomical wages is anyone’s guess at this moment in time.