Why a new Kimmich deal could scupper Man Utd and Madrid hopes of signing Goretzka
While Manchester United have been proactive in the transfer market this summer with the arrival of Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane, the club may be forced into more signings to fix further holes in their team.
The most notable concern for the club and it’s fanbase is the doubts surrounding Paul Pogba’s future at Old Trafford.
Should the France international refuse to sign a new deal this summer, the club may be forced to sell him in the coming months and will certainly need to find a replacement in the next 12 months.
According to reports in England, a ready-made successor for Man Utd may be found in the form of Bayern Munich midfielder Leon Goretzka.
Like Pogba, the Germany international is in the final12 months of his contract and could be signed for free next summer. However, a new twist in this transfer saga suggests the midfielder may be staying put in Munich.
Kimmich set to sign new Bayern deal
According to German newspaper Sport-Bild, Joshua Kimmich is set to sign a new deal with Bayern Munich until 2026.
The German midfielder currently has a deal with the club that is set to run until 2023 but is considered one of the club’s most important players and as such is set to be tied down to a longer deal.
Kimmich's clear future (new contract till 2026 will be signed soon) sends a positive signal to his colleagues. The talks with Goretzka were resumed and went very well: a quick agreement with the midfielder is now possible. ManUnited is still very interested in a Goretzka-Deal.— Tobi Altschäffl (@altobelli13) August 5, 2021
That piece of business should have huge ramifications for the Bayern squad, with Sport-Bild reporter Tobi Altschaffl stating that Kimmich’s commitment to the club should convince Goretzka to stay put as well.
Will Goretzka stay at Bayern?
Despite reports in England and Spain linking the player with moves to Man Utd and Real Madrid respectively, the German media have treated Goretzka’s contract negotiations as a complete non-event.
Re: Goretzka— Jan Aage Fjortoft 🏳️🌈 🇳🇴 (@JanAageFjortoft) August 5, 2021
Goretzka and Kimmich are the future (and present) of Bayern. The latter just extended his contract. I expect Goretzka to do the same soon. Is not that he is using other clubs, it’s natural he is seeking options. Respect for Ole G who wants this class player https://t.co/dDttUxrQ5a
The Bayern star, according to most newspapers in Germany, is more than happy to extend his deal in Munich and Kimmich’s commitment to the club will only encourage the player to sign a similar deal in the coming months.
Man Utd and Madrid may be keen on convincing Goretzka to leave the Bundesliga, but for now it’s looking increasingly unlikely to happen.