The global COVID-19 pandemic has caused problems for numerous football clubs financially, resulting in a lack of money for transfers and also new player deals for those who have contracts running down.
Historically, German giants Bayern Munich have never demonstrated frugality in the transfer window, however, even they are feeling the effects having only brought in one player so far – exciting centre-back Dayot Upemacano from RB Leipzig.
It has all been quiet since, with more of a focus trying to offload players; French midfielder Corentin Tolisso said to be surplus to requirements, while more urgent attention has shifted to another midfielder as they attempt to try and keep hold of him.
The player in question is German international Leon Goretzka with Bayern wary that his contract will expire next summer. Negotiations are ongoing, however, president Herbert Hainer has stated that he will not pay over the odds for the player.
Such news has reportedly put Manchester United on alert, with them knowing that it gives them an upper hand at the negotiating table, should they decide to make a bid.
The Red Devils have their own similar situation though with star midfielder Paul Pogba, whose own contract also expires next summer with PSG understood to be hovering for the Frenchman.
Despite this, it could lead to United making an audacious bid for Goretzka before the transfer window closes; they have shown in the case of the Raphael Varane signing this summer that they will sign quality when a player becomes available.
Should the player move though, any fee given the fact that the player has less than 12 months remaining on his contract, could be as little as £25 million which would represent a bargain for a player with so much potential and ability.
Would Goretzka fit in at United?
A deep-lying playmaker in midfield, with an eye for a pass, the German has drawn comparisons to compatriot Bastian Schweinsteiger who also moved from Bayern to United to close out his career.
However, the Red Devils are well stocked in that area of the pitch. In addition to Pogba, they have Donny van de Beek, Scott McTominay, Fred and Nemanja Matic so it would be likely that boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may feel that one of those could leave should Goretzka arrive.
Should this move happen next summer, could depend on the Pogba situation and whether this gets resolved – indeed, Goretzka may well agree to a new deal in the coming weeks, which surely put an end to any speculation surrounding the player’s immediate future.
A former Press Association Sports Journalist (NCTJ – National Council for the Training of Journalists), now based in Lisbon, Matt also has over a decade of experience working with the top operator brands. These include Coral, BetVictor, and numerous others, having held a number of senior positions and still retains strong industry relationships. He enjoys reading, writing, travelling, all things business, sport, meeting new people, learning new things and also holds football coaching qualifications.