Bayern Munich has announced the signing of Serge Gnabry. Gnabry had made it known earlier in the week that he would activate his release clause to leave Werder Bremen, but his destination at the time was unknown.
Now all has been revealed: Gnabry is coming to Bayern. When Gnabry transferred from Arsenal to Bremen last year, Bayern was reportedly involved in the deal, reserving itself the right to sign the player after one year with Bremen. This unusual three-party contractual relationship now appears to be confirmed.
Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge stated, “We are happy that in Serge Gnabry another young German national player is coming to Bayern. Serge’s development made excellent progress in Bremen.”
Gnabry scored 11 goals for Werder last season and logged 3 assists in 27 matches. He often proved to be a difference-maker for the struggling Hanseaten, but suffered the same endemic inconsistency that plagued Werder’s entire team this past season, as it fought its way back up from a catastrophic start to finish eighth on the table.
As so often, Bayern’s front office likes to keep everyone guessing until they strike. Gnabry has been largely forgotten in the buzz around Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez and, most recently, a surprise rumor concerning Olympique Lyonnais’s Corentin Tolisso. Now speculation will turn to what moves Bayern may make next.
Gnabry is an attacking midfielder who generally plays on the left but can also play centrally. He thus overlaps most with Ribery, Douglas Costa, and to a lesser extent Thiago. Of the three, Douglas Costa, who expressed some frustration with his role at Bayern this past season, will undoubtedly be under the closest scrutiny.