Manchester United dealt transfer blow as Serge Gnabry set to join Arsenal
According to journalist Christian Falk of Sports Picture on Twitter (h/t The Sun) Manchester United have been dealt a blow as Serge Gnabry is set to join Arsenal on a potential transfer in the future. He’s had an impressive campaign with Bayern Munich this season but could be in line to let them go.
Gnabry is about to enter the final year of his current contract with Bayern Munchen. He is currently considering his future options, having turned down an offer to renew his contract. A return to the Premier League is on the cards, with the winger set to facilitate a return to north London.
It would be a blow for Man United as they are interested in the German striker. They are not alone, however, as Chelsea, Liverpool and Real Madrid are also monitoring his situation as of now. The Gunners are stepping up their efforts to sign him this summer, but they are also prepared to wait and pick him up for free after the next term.
Do Man Utd stand a chance?
Gnabry should be selected as a priority target for this summer, looking at the current state of the Red Devils squad. After all, we lack a world-class and reliable option on the right wing where the 26-year-old could step in and be a useful choice for new boss Erik ten Hag.
While Gnabry can play in other positions in attack, his best performances have come from the right wing and also appear to be his favorite role. The bavarian ace could be perfect for us since Anthony Elanga and Marcus Rashford are our only options right now.
Rashford and Elanga are more suited to other roles, while Jesse Lingard and Juan Mata are set to leave for free this summer. Mason Greenwood is suspended, giving us even more reason to actively target Gnabry in the future.
In such a case, Gnabry’s willingness to return to Emirates does not bode well for our interest. That being said, Mikel Arteta’s side have their own issues when it comes to their pursuit to secure the Bundesliga striker’s signature.
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The lack of Champions League football has significantly affected the North Londoners’ chances of signing the Bayern superstar negatively. It would have been a boost for us, but we’re also in a similar boat to them at this point.
While signing Gnabry on a free transfer is indeed an attractive prospect, our urgent need to bolster the right wing could force management to look for other targets depending on this development. After all, there are other interested parties who can offer CL football, so it wouldn’t make sense to waste time on a losing battle anyway.