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Report: Bayern Munich open talks over extensions for Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka

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Here we go, Bayern Munich is seeking to lock up its midfield for the foreseeable future.

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Per a report from Sky Sports, Bayern Munich has opened contract extension talks with midfielders Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka.

At this point, there are few certainties with either player except that Bayern Munich wants both players and that both players are expecting a hefty increase in wages.

How easy that will be from a financial standpoint for Bayern Munich remains to be seen.

Bayer 04 Leverkusen v FC Bayern Muenchen - DFB Cup Final
Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka have proven to be a trophy-winning twosome.
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“With Leon Goretzka there is definitely pressure, even more than with Kimmich, (Kingsley) Coman and (Serge) Gnabry. Negotiations are already underway with Goretzka and the player himself would probably like to stay. But here, too, it is about how to agree — keyword appreciation / salary. But you’re on track,” said Sky transfer expert Marc Behrenbeck. “With Kimmich, it looks a bit different at the moment. It is clear that you cannot lose such a player for free. He is a leader and is considered a future Bayern captain. Talks are held there too. But the salaries are compared of course and has to weigh up to whom to offer how much.”

Sky also reported that Goretzka and Kimmich are each currently making approximately €10 million, which places them at about 9th and 10th on the team in terms of highest salary. In addition, Sky stated that each player would like to move into the €15 million range.

In summary, Sky said the following about Behrenbeck’s analysis on where each players stands in the negotiating process:

One thing is clear: those responsible at FC Bayern are facing weeks and months of intensive negotiations.

Aside of Kimmich and Goretzka, Bayern Munich is reportedly also eager to engage in discussions with Niklas Süle, Serge Gnabry, and Kingsley Coman as well.