Serge Gnabry Next Club Odds: Chelsea Ahead Of The Rest For Bayern Winger
Robert Lewandowski might be hogging the headlines right now but he is not the only Bayern Munich forward who could be on the move this summer, with betting sites also offering odds on a Serge Gnabry transfer.
Like Lewandowski, the winger is out of contract in 2023 and supposedly keen to embark on a new challenge.
Gnabry has informed Bayern that he is unlikely to put pen to paper on fresh terms at the Allianz Arena, opening the door to a possible exit before the transfer window closes in early September.
The German international has come an awfully long way since he struggled to break into Tony Pulis’ West Bromwich Albion team in the 2015/16 campaign.
He left Arsenal, the club from whom he was on loan at The Hawthorns, for Werder Bremen at the end of that campaign, then joined Bayern in 2017.
He has since scored 63 goals in 171 appearances for the German giants, winning four Bundesliga titles, two DFB-Pokals and the Champions League along the way.
Now 26, Gnabry has been heavily linked with a return to the Premier League, but there is reported interest from elsewhere too. Let’s take a look at the latest odds and then consider where the forward might end up.
Bayern Will Not Want To Lose Two Main Attackers In Same Summer
The latest reports suggest Lewandowski is edging closer to a move to Barcelona, his preferred destination.
Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain are said to be considering entering the race at the 11th hour, but Barcelona have laid considerable groundwork and appear to have the funds to meet Bayern’s £50m asking price for the Poland international.
It is not yet clear how much the Bavarians would want for Gnabry, but they could decide to rule out a sale for any price.
The primary reason why they might do so is that it would be a major blow to Julian Nagelsmann to lose his two best attackers in the same summer.
Bayern have at least added Sadio Mane to their squad, but the exits of both Lewandowski and Gnabry, who contributed 67 goals to the Bayern cause last term, would offset any advantage gained by signing the Senegalese star.
Another factor is that Bayern might still be confident that they can persuade the 26-year-old to sign a new long-term deal with the club.
All in all, it is easy to see why Bayern are the 3/5 favourites with football betting sites to own Gnabry on September 2.
Chelsea Could Step Up Interest In Gnabry As Raphinha Alternative
According to the Guardian, Chelsea are keeping tabs on Gnabry and Rafael Leao of AC Milan as they continue their search for another forward.
Raheem Sterling has completed his switch to Stamford Bridge from Manchester City, but Chelsea’s attack-related business is unlikely to end there.
Raphinha was the man they wanted most, of course, but Barcelona have beaten the Blues to the Brazilian’s signature.
Gnabry would be a fantastic alternative. He is versatile and can play anywhere across the frontline, while he has a proven track record of delivering for one of the biggest clubs in the world - something that Raphinha, for all his ability, cannot yet match.
Chelsea’s odds have shortened to 3/1 with 10Bet in recent days, which suggests there is genuine interest in Gnabry from Tuchel Tuchel and his colleagues.
Real Madrid Could Be In The Market For Another Forward
It is not that long since Real Madrid were prepared to spend big money (on wages and a signing-on fee, at least) to bring Kylian Mbappe to the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.
That was not just because the Frenchman is a generational talent, but also because Madrid’s attack needs freshening up.
The evergreen Karim Benzema - an apparent lock to take home the Ballon d’Or award - is still going strong at centre-forward and Vinicius Junior has the left-wing role locked down.
But Rodrygo remains more of a rotation option than a regular starter, Eden Hazard’s future is uncertain, and Gareth Bale has moved to MLS.
There is room for at least one more top-class attacker in Madrid’s squad, particularly on the right - which is where Gnabry played most of his football in 2021/22.
The German’s contractual situation means he is more obtainable than other possible targets, but for now los Blancos are 8/1 outsiders.
Manchester United May Consider Swoop If The Price Is Right
There have also been no suggestions that they are weighing up a move for Gnabry; if they were interested, it surely would have been reported.
Yet it is not beyond the realms of possibility that the Red Devils could enter the race in the coming weeks, especially if Ronaldo leaves.
Gnabry is a very different player to the Portugal international, but perhaps that is the point. Besides, Rashford and Martial are capable of playing at striker, and Erik ten Hag has often preferred a fluid frontline anyway.
However, at 10/1 on betting apps United are not among the leading contenders to sign Gnabry as things stand.
Arsenal would love to re-sign former star - but would he return?
Arsenal must regret letting Gnabry go in 2016. He only ever made 10 Premier League appearances for the club and was arguably not given enough opportunities to show what he can do.
The Gunners are 11/1 with Unibet to re-sign the German this summer, and they would no doubt love to bring him back to the Emirates Stadium.
The key question is whether Gnabry would consider that a backwards step, especially as Arsenal are not in the Champions League.
Liverpool are available at the same price, but there is no indication that they are weighing up a move for Gnabry.
Jurgen Klopp has plenty of options at his disposal already and recently confirmed that the Reds have completed their business for the summer.
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