Manchester United have submitted a large contract offer to Leon Goretzka, according to the German publication Sport Bild. The midfielder is down to the final year of his contract, which has attracted interest from a host of top European clubs, including Manchester United.
The player has alleged asked to be put on the same wages as the top earners at Bayern, putting him on the same terms as Robert Lewandowski and Manuel Neuer. The initial report in the Bild has since been contested by Sky Sports Germany, who insist no such demands have been put forward by Goretzka but the lack of a resolution between the player and club suggests that negotiations have stalled.
With United seeing an opportunity to sign one of the elite midfielders they have submitted a concrete wage offer to Goretzka’s camp for the player to consider, should he elect to depart the Alianz Arena. Bayern will be forced to sell Goretzka this summer or risk losing him on a free transfer next summer. A situation that United face in relation to Paul Pogba, who is linked to a move to Paris. A move for Pogba in my opinion remains more likely in this window, as United will be reluctantly to lose the enigmatic Frenchman for free again.
Sources close to Bayern, however, suggest that both parties are keen to reach an agreement to keep the player in Bavaria. The most likely resolution to Goretzka’s contract situation is a long-term renewal on improved terms. This would keep the new core of the team together, as the German international alongside the likes of Joshua Kimmich and Alphonso Davies seek to bring the UCL trophy back to Germany.
United’s interest is a positive sign that the transfer strategy implemented by newly introduced football director John Murtough is more proactive than the one used by the infamous Ed Woodward. He has seemingly conducted business in an efficient manner, with Sancho confirmed early in the window, and is able to identify transfers targets that are both available and interested in joining United. Hopefully the days of the club chasing the likes of Fabregas; Bale and Ronaldo, only to end up with an overpriced Fellaini, are finally behind us. A coherent transfer policy is essential to the success of any football team, the way in which this window has progressed suggests that men in charge of the transfer dealings have finally started to effectively plan for the future success of the club.