The domino effect caused by Kylian Mbappé’s ‘no’ to Real Madrid could end Serge Gnabry’s record falling at the Santiago Bernabéu. In fact, even before the Frenchman from PSG ended up renewing for the French club, the white team already had the German with Ivorian descent. Right winger, it is the only position without a fixed owner this season at Real Madrid, with Rodrygo, Asensio and Valverde as temporary.
It fits by role but also by Real Madrid’s recent transfer policy, with eyes wide open to the free-agent market, or those close to it. This is the case of the German international, a key player in Julian Nagelsmann’s schemes, who has insisted the club several times to renew his contract, which ends in 2023. Bayern Munich have already renewed Müller, Neuer or Coman. And Gnabry, in a situation similar to that of the French winger, has requested to match the salary step to which his recent contract improvement has raised him, to the podium, close to 18 million euros.
However, Hasan Salihamidzic, the sporting director, has alluded to salary caps when discussing his renewal. Something that he did not do with the previous renovations undertaken and that the german did not like it, who could opt for the ‘alaba route’, as it progresses Sport Bild: reject the Bavarian extension offer, exhaust his last year of contract by agreeing with Madrid and leave free to, thus, collect a signing bonus. That is if the white club does not decide to go for his signing this year, paying an economic consideration. The strategy that is progressively empowering players regarding their future and that is changing the rules of the transfer market on planet football, after the club-state burst onto the board. Time plays in his favor… and Madrid’s.
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Gnabry, deferred signing