After the acquisitions of Dayot Upamecano, Marcel Sabitzer and Julian Nagelsmann from RB Leipzig, it was highly unlikely that Bayern Munich would spend a considerable amount of money elsewhere in the summer transfer window. Like most clubs across Europe, the financial losses suffered from the pandemic made navigating the transfer market much more difficult than usual, and it also added complications to Bayern’s contract negotiating process for a handful of players.
In what’s been a very positive signal for the future of the club, both Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka have recently signed new deals, keeping them at Bayern until 2025 and 20206, respectively. There was an eager anticipation that the pair of midfielders would have their extensions announced at the same time, but they were separated by a few weeks. It’s also been suggested that Serge Gnabry is likely to sign a renewal at some point in the near future, and likewise, Thomas Muller.
Per a new report from Bild (via AZ), there are positive signals from within the club that Muller will likely sign a contract extension beyond 2023, when his current contract is set to expire. Ever since Niko Kovac’s departure in November 2019, Muller has been at the heart of what makes Bayern tick. So far, under Julian Nagelsmann, only he and Joshua Kimmich have started all of Bayern’s competitive matches this season, while some of the other stars have been rested on various occasions.
For what it’s worth, the report suggests there’s no question that Bayern wants to extend Muller’s contract, it’s just a matter of what the actual terms will be. For a player that embodies Bayern DNA as much as Muller, there shouldn’t be too many complications in that department. He’s a player that Nagelsmann has referred to as a “playing assistant coach” and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said is “a little bit of the soul of FC Bayern on the pitch.”