Before this summer, Manchester United have fleetingly been linked with a move for Bayern Munich’s midfield anchor Leon Goretzka. The 26-year-old is a leading figure for both club and country and typifies the German midfielder – the Schweinsteiger of his era.
Goretzka was a mainstay at the heart of Hansi Flick’s midfield on their way to lifting the Champions League in 2020, so why has there been a sudden shift in reports linking the former Schalke star to Old Trafford? See the latest sporting odds from jalkapallon MM-kisat karsinta while we continue to question how plausible these links are.
From one perspective, doubts over his future come from the lack of structure from Bayern Munich. Despite being the leading club in Germany, the Bavarian club are struggling to satisfy some of their stars.
Thiago Alcantara, deemed to be an integral cog in the relentless FC Bayern machinery just a year ago, left the club to join Liverpool. David Alaba soon followed suit, despite joining Real Madrid, a club seemingly in financial disarray. There are doubts over the future of Kingsley Coman, who has also been linked with a move to Manchester United.
That’s one way of looking at it. From another perspective, albeit not too dissimilar, rumours stem from a standoff in negotiations over a new deal. That’s where Manchester United, the most marketable club in the world bar none, come in.
Manchester United were sent to the shops and back in their pursuit of Sergio Ramos six years ago – not the most recent equivalent but perhaps the most memorable. The boardroom’s answer to the step-over. Feint one way but go another.
This is one of those sagas that could go either way. He could leave Bayern but Goretzka is most likely to stay at Bayern.
According to The Guardian, Ramos told his club in 2015 that he wanted to leave and join Manchester United. A bid was even lodged for the former Spain international but as we all know, Ramos signed a new contract just weeks later.
Quite fittingly, Goretzka has just one year remaining on his contract at Bayern Munich and remains in talks with his club over fresh terms. It’s a prime example of an agent doing what an agent is supposed to be doing – tease the interested party (Bayern Munich) with the potential of losing out.
To no one’s surprise, the Bayern Munich president, Herbert Hainer, recently admitted that talks are ongoing with Goretzka’s camp over a new deal and that negotiations are ‘constructive’. That comes not long after reports claimed that Bayern Munich had offered Goretzka a new bumper deal at the club.
Rumours of Manchester United’s interest in Goretzka are prominent and are being picked up by more and more outlets but if history is anything to go by, this saga is only going in one direction. Manchester United are an attractive proposition for any player but as things stand, Goretzka tying his future down to an extended stay with Bayern Munich is by far the most probable conclusion.