There is a stalemate brewing regarding Kingsley Coman’s future at Bayern Munich. The French winger was in demand by both Manchester United and Chelsea earlier this month, but the former has shown that their primary target is Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho in what would be a blockbuster signing for them.
Even Liverpool expressed interest in him earlier this month, though reports suggested Jurgen Klopp’s side would not be willing to pay more than €35 million for him, making a potential move unlikely.
Per Sport1’s Florian Plettenberg, Bayern’s front office really wants Coman to stay and they do not want to sell him this summer. However, Coman’s father, his agent Pini Zahavi, and family friend Benoît Menye are all pushing for a move to England and the Premier League.
There has also been direct communication to Plettenberg from a representative at Manchester United that Coman is still on their radar, even though all of the focus for them seems to be on Sancho at this current juncture:
Update #Coman: Bosses are sure that KC wants to extend. But they know that his father, Benoît Menye (family’s friend) & Zahavi are forcing his move to . A boss from #MUFC told me: "We do not comment on rumors. We have scouts all over the world & Coman is very talented." @SPORT1— Florian Plettenberg (@Plettigoal) June 22, 2021
With the information available, this seems like it has all the hallmarks of a potential stalemate between Coman’s camp and Bayern’s front office. Every time Bayern deals with Zahavi a la Robert Lewandowski and more recently, David Alaba, negotiations seem to get really complicated and a solution is hard to come by that pleases all parties.
Similar to Alaba’s situation before he eventually moved to Real Madrid, Bayern feels that Coman’s wage demands are a bit too high, and Bayern is historically unwilling to budge much in that department, especially after the financial repercussions from the coronavirus pandemic.
Coman’s contract runs through June 2023, so Bayern technically doesn’t have to worry about letting him go until next summer, as he would then be entering the final year on his contract. At a certain point in the final year of his contract, if he doesn’t sign a new contract with Bayern, he could sign a pre-contract to join another club
Julian Nagelsmann has already made it clear that he’s planning on having Coman in the squad for his first season as Bayern manager, even if the winger isn’t in his preferred starting eleven. Coman wants to be in the starting lineup, but Nagelsmann has his preferences.
At this point, despite Zahavi’s best efforts, Bayern Munich likely would not accept anything less than €70 million for Coman if he was to leave this summer.