According to an exclusive Anfield Central source, Liverpool have held talks with Serge Gnabry’s agent over personal demands.
The Merseysiders are sounding out their options as Sadio Mane looks set to leave the club.
Gnabry is heading into the 2022/23 season with one year left on his contract, leaving Bayern Munich exposed.
All attempts to renew his deal have been rebuffed.
This season, the attacker scored 17 goals and assisted 10 and has attracted attention from European heavy-hitters Liverpool, PSG, Real Madrid and Juventus.
Arsenal and Tottenham are also interested.
The forward is valued at around €80million but Bayern understand they will have to accept as little as €35-€40million due to the fear of losing him for free in 2023.
Gnabry and his representation are aware they are in a great position of power as they consider a future outside of the Bundesliga.
Mane and Naby Keita are represented by the same agency as Gnabry which complicates matters.
Robert Lewandowski is also out of contract next summer and Liverpool are open to bringing him to Anfield but his wages are problematic while Barcelona have already convinced him to move to La Liga.
That could change at any moment as Jurgen Klopp is more than capable of swaying him to join him at Liverpool but (unfortunately) nothing currently suggests that’s on the cards.
Manchester United are also interested in Lewandowski but they’re not understood to be in line to sign him either as they look to target more long-term alternatives like Darwin Nunez.
The Reds are exploring their options with the summer transfer window upon us and Gnabry is a long term target, with scouts tracking his progress in the Bundesliga ever since he swapped Arsenal for Werder Bremen before moving to Bayern.
Kingsley Coman has been considered by Liverpool in previous transfer windows but Luis Diaz arriving at the start of 2022 put paid to interest in the Frenchman.
Liverpool hold personal talks with Serge Gnabry
An exclusive source with insight on German football tells Anfield Central that Serge Gnabry’s agent was in contact with Liverpool in May over what the Reds could pay.
The German forward wants £13million (roughly €15m) per year or £250,000 per week.
We’re told that the offer Liverpool were open to making was closer to the equivalent of £200,000 per week (roughly £10m).
But something that was emphasised to Anfield Central is that the winger wants to feel valued.
The two parties have reached an impasse fairly early in negotiations and with Liverpool proving with stubborn talks with Mohamed Salah’s agent, they’re more than willing to stand their ground.
If a deal were to move forward in the near future, making Gnabry feel valued is an area that Jurgen Klopp would no doubt excel in.
His man-management and ability to make even squad players feel important despite restricted game time helped Liverpool come within a few goals from a quadruple.
Enquiries have also this year been made through an intermediary regarding Joshua Kimiich but Bayern consider him untouchable.
He still has three years on his contract which expires in 2025 and would require a small fortune to break. The likes of Aurelien Tchouameni and Jude Bellingham are both being valued at huge price points and Bayern believe Kimmich is one of the best midfielders in the world.