Manchester United dealt a transfer blow as Serge Gnabry is open to joining Arsenal
According to journalist Christian Falk of Sport Bild on Twitter (h/t The Sun), Manchester United have been dealt a blow as Serge Gnabry is open to joining Arsenal on a potential transfer in the future. He has enjoyed an impressive campaign with Bayern Munich this season but could be in line to leave them moving forward.
Gnabry is in line to enter the final year of his current contract with Bayern Munchen. He is contemplating his future options right now, having turned down an offer to renew his deal. A return to the Premier League is on the cards, with the winger willing to facilitate a return to North London.
That would be a damning blow for Man United as they are interested in the German forward. They are not alone, though, as Chelsea, Liverpool, and Real Madrid are also tracking his situation as of now. The Gunners are ramping up their efforts to sign him this summer, but they are also prepared to wait and get him for free after next term.
Does Man Utd have a chance?
Gnabry should be shortlisted as a priority target for this summer, looking at the current state of the Red Devils’ squad. After all, we lack a world-class and dependable option on the right-wing, which is where the 26-year-old could come in and be a useful choice for incoming boss Erik ten Hag.
While Gnabry can play in other positions in the attack, his best performances have come from the right wing and seem to be his favoured role as well. The Bavarian ace could be perfect for us since Anthony Elanga and Marcus Rashford are our only set of options at this moment.
Rashford and Elanga are more suited to other roles, while Jesse Lingard and Juan Mata are set to leave for free this summer. Mason Greenwood is suspended, giving us all the more reasons to actively target Gnabry in the future.
In such a case, Gnabry’s willingness to return to Emirates does not bode well for our interest. That being said, Mikel Arteta’s side does have problems of their own when it comes to their pursuit to secure the Bundesliga attacker’s signature.
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The lack of Champions League football has significantly affected the North Londoners’ chances of signing the Bayern superstar negatively. That would have been a boost for us, but we are also in a similar boat to them at this point.
While signing Gnabry on a free transfer is an attractive prospect indeed, our urgent need to bolster the right wing could force the management to look for other targets based on this development. After all, there are other interested parties who can offer CL football, so it would not make sense to waste time on a losing battle anyway.