Bayern Munich is in the midst of a difficult summer of contract negotiations for a handful of players; there’s really no disguising that fact. Circulating rumors have naturally been conflated that make matters seem more exaggerated than they probably are, but it’s still a difficult situation for the club to be in. Leon Goretzka, Joshua Kimmich, and Niklas Sule are all trying to negotiate new deals, but one player that’s proving particularly troublesome is Kingsley Coman.
Coman’s agent, Pini Zahavi, as well as some of his entourage have made it clear that they feel the French winger deserves a significant salary increase and/or a move elsewhere, preferably to the Premier League in England. His contact with Bayern expires in the summer of 2023, but his camp has been calling for a salary of nearly €20-million per year, which would make him one of the top earners at the club. Bayern’s front office does not want to offer that much and a lot of parallels have been drawn to the David Alaba situation, where he ultimately left to join Real Madrid.
In a recent episode of Christian Falk’s “Bayern Insider” podcast, Dietmar Hamann said he felt it would be in Bayern’s best interest to just sell Coman this summer before the transfer window closes (Sport Bild). He said that he wouldn’t entertain the idea of nearly doubling Coman’s salary whatsoever. “You cannot go along with things like that! If he has in mind that he wants to earn twice as much, I wouldn’t talk to him at all. If a club pays 70, 80 million euros, it should go,” he explained.
Coman’s situation adds to the complications that Bayern is dealing with financially. The established wage tiers at the club have been significantly effected by the blockbuster signing of Leroy Sane from Manchester City as well as the financial losses suffered during the height of the coronavirus pandemic. With Sane’s high wages, other players in the squad are demanding more money, especially considering Sane’s underwhelming season with Bayern. For a fiscally responsible club like, Bayern, though, they’re not just going to splash the cash when players think they are worth it, and in that sense, might just be better off selling Coman if he’s going to continue to demand close to €20-million per year.
Hamann is known to have a lot of controversial opinions when it comes to Bayern Munich and the German national team, but for this particular situation with Coman, he might have a very valid point that’s consistent with Bayern’s financial conservatism.