What has been said?
Bayern are working diligently to tie down Goretzka to a new contract, but the two parties seem to have hit a stumbling block over wages. Meanwhile, the German midfielder is being targeted by English Premier League giants Manchester United as a potential replacement for their star player Paul Pogba while Barcelona and Real Madrid are also among the interested clubs.
What’s the update?
United are said to have submitted a ‘specific request’ asking for Goretzka’s availability, according to Sport1 journalist Florian Plettenberg. The Red Devils, in turn, have been informed by the agents of the Germany international that he is aiming for a long contract at Bayern and is expected to continue to play a leading role under new head coach Julian Nagelsmann.
However, both Bayern and Goretzka are still far apart in terms of financial expectations. The midfielder’s camp is allegedly asking for a base salary of €10 million.
While no additional details were provided, Sport1 could be talking about net wages here, considering that Goretzka’s overall pay package at the time of joining Bayern was reported to be around €10 million including bonuses.
Leon Goretzka is set to get a signing on fee of around €20m following his transfer to Bayern added to his wages of €10m per year including bonuses [SportBild] pic.twitter.com/4zwErUN07P— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) February 28, 2018
The present salary demands could mean that Goretzka is aiming to join Leroy Sané and captain Manuel Neuer as one of the top earners at the club, something that has been reported previously as well.
Nevertheless, both Bayern and Goretzka remain optimistic that an agreement will be reached in the upcoming talks.