Per Brazilian outlet UOL, Bayern Munich wants to clearly decide on Kingsley Coman’s future before they make a formal bid for Ajax and Brazil winger Antony.
The winger was first linked with Bayern last weekend via a report from Sky Sports that also suggested Bayern was interested in PSV Eindhoven’s Cody Gapko. Sky’s Max Bielefeld described Antony as “the classic winger, very good at one-on-one, strong flanks, great start,” but added that “nothing can be done below 30 or 35 million euros this summer - and Bayern have to scrape that together first.”
Bayern’s pursuit of Antony now hinges on what they decide to do with Coman. His agent, Pini Zahavi, his father, and family friend have all made it clear that the French winger would prefer a move to the Premier League and his camp has been demanding a huge wage increase that would see his yearly salary almost doubled. Bayern’s front office really isn’t willing to budge much in that department and the matter isn’t helped with the fact that the club is in the midst of contract negotiations for several other players including Leon Goretzka, Niklas Sule, and Joshua Kimmich.
Per UOL, Bayern has all but given up on trying to hash out a new contract for Coman at the club and they’re ready and willing to entertain offers that would meet their valuation of winger. There isn’t much time left in the transfer window, but Bayern could easily get a considerable transfer fee for him as his current contract expires in June 2023.
If Coman does transfer elsewhere, Julian Nagelsmann has made it clear that Antony is one of his top targets. He had even tried to sign the Brazilian winger when he was manager of RB Leipzig, but Ajax had beat him to the punch, signing him from Sao Paulo for a fee of €16.7m plus €6m in performance bonuses.
Antony is currently serving at the Olympics in Tokyo, Japan with Brazil, but it’s been suggested internally at Ajax, that they would entertain the right offers from Bayern, knowing how much of a fan Nagelsmann is of his.
If Bayern is able to sell Coman for anywhere near his current market value of €65m, they would potentially flip a decent profit if they were able to acquire Antony for about half as much. Regardless, if Coman is sold, Bayern will need to add at least one top caliber replacement on the wing.