Bayern Munich signed Leon Goretzka on a free transfer from Schalke in the summer of 2018. At the time, Goretzka’s market value was €40 million. It is great to be on the side of the club that signs someone on a free. In contrast, it doesn’t feel great to see one of your promising players leave for nothing.
If Goretzka is not signed before his contract expires next summer, there will be a long list of teams waiting to sign Goretzka. One of those teams is Real Madrid, who has expressed significant interest in the German midfielder. According to Bild, Los Blancos plan on swooping in and picking up Goretzka on a free next summer. Bayern Munich risks losing another great player if they cannot come to an agreement by the end of next season.
Manchester United, Real Madrid and Barcelona are closely monitoring the situation of Leon Goretzka at Bayern Munich, according to Bild— Goal (@goal) July 21, 2021
He could be signed on a free transfer next year if his current deal runs out. pic.twitter.com/45Ecw4IgnQ
Contract talks have not been going well in Munich as of lately, with recent signings inflating the club’s top wages and causing significantly increased demands by players. Goretzka is currently valued at €70 million and has had a massive role in German champions’ recent success.
Not only has Goretzka been great on the pitch but he has been exceptional off the pitch as well. Leon teamed up with Joshua Kimmich last year to start WeKickCorona, which has raised more than €5 million to date for charitable associations and social institutions such as food banks, hospitals, local homeless support, and blood donation services. In addition, the midfielder has never been shy to speak out against racism and preach inclusiveness and love.
Leon Goretzka has the best minutes-per-goal contribution of any central midfielder over the last two Bundesliga campaigns (every 153.2 minutes) [WhoScored] pic.twitter.com/2enEP3hJIN— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) July 22, 2021
Goretzka is a crucial player for Bayern and it would be devastating to have Real Madrid or Man United swoop in next summer. If the other giants of Europe are able to find some cash by next summer, Bayern might be in trouble.