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Manchester City joins Manchester United in scoping Bayern Munich’s Kingsley Coman

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With just over two years left on his deal, Bayern Munich’s Kingsley Coman has attracted Manchester United and Manchester City.

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In today’s Daily Schmankerl, we captured a story from kicker that stated Kingsley Coman had re-buffed Bayern Munich’s initial attempt at negotiating a contract extension with the Frenchman.

Now, however, more details have come to light from kicker. Let’s start with the initial discussions and Coman’s initial rejection of Bayern Munich’s offer:

The 24-year-old, who moved to Säbener Straße from Juventus Turin almost six years ago and whose time at FC Bayern was not always easy, has developed into a regular and a top performer in recent years. Coman also enjoys the confidence of Bayern bosses, which is why they would like to extend the contract with the Frenchman, which runs until June 2023.

But Coman is still hesitating with his signature. Although Bayern have already made him an initial offer for an early extension of three years until June 2026. According to reports, however, Coman has said no to this. As a first reaction, negotiations between the two parties have been suspended for the time being.

Interestingly, this story broke just a few weeks after the report stating that Manchester United was heavily interested in Coman. Per kicker, United is joined by its own rival in Manchester City as parties interested in bringing in Coman:

There had been exchange rumors about Coman last summer. Manchester United is said to have made a specific offer for the winger, while local rivals Manchester City were also considered interested. In interviews with French media in the winter, Coman had also indicated that he could well imagine a change.

Manchester United’s alleged offer — if true — would almost double Coman’s current salary and Manchester City is considered to be a club with even more financial resources than its crosstown rival. Clearly, both clubs could offer a financial package to interest Coman.

Could the 24-year-old be proactively weighing his options for an exit? It is possible, but the logistics of a move could be difficult — especially this summer. Coman’s current contract runs through the 2022/2023 season, so Bayern Munich would be in no hurry to sell the Frenchman.

Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge recently insisted that Coman is “not for sale” and there is plenty of time for these negotiations to pick back up. However, should the club not make any progress with Coman over the course of the 2021/2022 season, the Bavarians would likely seek to avoid another “David Alaba situation” where Bayern Munich would risk losing a valuable player for free.