According to a new report by Sport Bild, Bayern Munich are having trouble agreeing a contract extension with French winger Kingsley Coman. Manchester United are reportedly offering the player a significant pay rise — amounting to around 12m euros a year (net) if the report is to be believed. If true, then Bayern may be facing the exit of yet another key player in the setup, probably for a fee way below their market value.
What’s the reason behind this sudden increase in demands by Coman? The Sport Bild report (as captured by @iMiaSanMia below) doesn’t give us any details, but everyone’s already made the connection by now.
Regarding Kingsley Coman, there's risk of another Alaba case. Coman's financial demands are difficult to fulfill for the club. Manchester United are offering Coman a big pay rise (close to €12m net). The player's contract expires in 2023 [@SPORTBILD] pic.twitter.com/KcIvDeg9hD— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) May 18, 2021
When Bayern Munich completed the transfer of Leroy Sane from Manchester City last summer, they had to give the player some extreme wages to entice him out of the Premier League. Some reports even say that he’s earning more than anyone on the squad except Robert Lewandowski.
Now, one year on, Sane has been rather underwhelming compared to his compensation. Coman has arguably been better for large parts of the season. It’s only natural that the Frenchman sees himself earning just as much as his German teammate, given that the two of them have similar offensive numbers this season. By putting Sane on that kind of pedestal, the Bayern bosses effectively opened the door to higher salaries across the board. Coman’s updated demands are simply the fallout of such a situation.
It’ll be interesting to see how the fledgling leadership group of Oliver Kahn and Hasan Salihamidzic handle this new state of affairs. Bayern never used to have any problems holding onto players, but since last year the team have lost the likes of Thiago Alcantara and David Alaba to clubs abroad.
If this trend is not stopped soon, then the club’s stature will begin to rapidly plummet. Inter Milan and Barcelona both suffered incredible collapses following successful treble campaigns — we’d rather not see Bayern Munich meet the same fate.