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Opinion: Bayern Munich should sell Kingsley Coman or just let him walk away

The French winger has been with Bayern for some time now, but are his wage demands in line with what he offers the Bavarians? Don’t think so.

Chelsea FC v FC Bayern Muenchen - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: First Leg
It’s been quite the ride, but Coman’s time at Bayern appears to be up.
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There is no doubt that Kingsley Coman is one of Bayern Munich’s best wingers at the moment.

That statement doesn’t seem very glorious once you let it sink in. Bayern’s best winger at the moment (based on form alone) is Musiala, and Gnabry and Sané... the less we talk about them, the better. So if you think about it, it isn’t very hard to be a starting winger for Bayern. Coman, the player who “slayed” PSG in the finals of the 2020 Champions league with the game-winner has since faced a resurgence in form, earning some love from fans.

Everything was rosy until Coman, Zahavi et. al threw a wrench on all that with some preposterous contract demands.

Pini “Piranha” Zahavi in all his glory.
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Coman’s camp allegedly want 20 million a season for the player. If that is true, the Frenchman is looking to earn more than Müller, Goretzka and Kimmich. It would also be a pay raise of around 180-200%, from the 10-12 million (gross) he currently makes (based on figures presented by multiple salary aggregators available; exact figures have not been released by the club or the player). Completely unjustified, in my opinion.

There are very few clubs out there that would shell out transfer money plus a 5-season package worth 100 million euros for an inconsistent player made of glass. This means that, compared to say Goretzka, Kimmich or even Gnabry, Coman’s agents have way less bargaining power.

The winger is quite possibly Bayern’s most frequently injured player of all time. His injury history on Transfermarkt is 2 pages long, and he’s been injured over 30 times since he joined Bayern in the 2015/16 season. Out of a total of 204 Bundesliga games since his arrival, he’s missed out 85 due to injury. If we consider the fact that he was largely a substitute in his first season at the club, you can say that he’s been available for less than 50% of the total games as a starting winger option for Bayern, a worrying figure.

FC Bayern Muenchen v Hertha BSC - Bundesliga
Coman walks away injured during the game against Hertha, 2019.
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Coming to performances, yes, he has improved leaps and bounds from when he joined, but I think I speak for a large portion of the Bayern fanbase when I say that I don’t think he’s going to improve a lot. I believe the player is peaking right now, and there are some aspects to his game (decision making, crossing) that need a lot more work. Overall, he’s a very potent weapon in attack, but he’s certainly not an X-factor player like say, Jadon Sancho or Federico Chiesa.

If a club approaches Bayern for any offer above 40 million for the player, I think the Bavarians should sell him. Not many clubs are interested in the player, and we will never get anything close to that amount next season. In fact, we’d be lucky to get 20 million for Coman with one year left in his contract.

If Bayern are to sell him, the club should not have much reason to worry. Gnabry and Sané could get back to form, Musiala will get more minutes and Sieb looks ready for some first team action too. Besides, they could always bring in someone like Antony, who’d be a quality replacement, or Perisic (for super cheap), who’d be a trustworthy bench option. In any case, it would be hard to pass up a good lump of cash for a player whose value seems to be on the decline.

However, if the club doesn’t receive any good offers, then they should just get the best out of his peak years in the next 2 seasons and let him leave on a free, because there is no better option. I feel Bayern should not offer him anything above 15 million gross, because the player just doesn’t warrant it. I know Sané is being paid around 18 million (gross) according to various reports and yes, Bayern probably messed up there, but that is a discussion for another day.

To summarize, Coman can be a valuable member of the Bayern squad when fit, but there are just too many uncertainties involved: fitness, decision making in the final third and consistency being the key ones. 20 million is too much, and if his camp is adamant, he should just be shipped away for a decent sum or allowed to walk free after he fulfils his contract.

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