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Bad news: Bayern Munich and Leon Goretzka still at a stalemate; free transfer a possibility in 2022

Per a report, no progress has been made in the negotiations for Leon Goretzka.

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According to a report from Bild, Bayern Munich midfielder Leon Goretzka has not made any progress with the club in hopes of negotiating a contract extension. More concerning was the part of the report that states that if no agreement is reached, Goretzka is content to leave next summer on a free transfer.

Interestingly, this news dropped on the same day that Bayern Munich was — looselylinked to a pursuit of RB Leipzig midfielder Marcel Sabitzer. Whatever the case, Bayern Munich can ill-afford to lose a valuable asset like Goretzka — for free — for either sporting or financial reasons.

If the two parties cannot reach an accord, there is at least some possibility the club could consider selling the 26-year-old this summer given the financial implications at stake.

Manchester United has already been closely linked to Goretzka, while clubs like Liverpool, Real Madrid, and FC Barcelona are all rumored to have at least some passing interest in the former Schalke 04 man.

Per Bild, though, Bayern Munich wants badly to extend Goretzka’s deal.

One factor that seems to being weighing heavily into these negotiations is Goretzka’s availability. As captured by Twitter account @iMiaSanMia, Goretzka’s history could be making Bayern Munich balk a little at a long-term deal:

As always...stay tuned.