Manchester United are interested in signing the £35m-valued German forward Serge Gnabry from Bayern Munich, according to the Sun.
However, with the former Arsenal man only having 12 months left to run on his contract at the Allianz Arena, the Reds could face competition from Manchester City if Raheem Sterling leaves the Etihad this summer.
But considering Cristiano Ronaldo’s reported desire to leave Manchester United and join a Champions League club, The Times reports, Erik ten Hag’s need for Gnabry would likely intensify if United’s legendary number seven did depart this summer.
Manchester United interested in Serge Gnabry
The 26-year-old has reportedly turned down a new contract with the Bundesliga champions and just like their situation with Robert Lewandowski, who also has a year left to run on his current deal, the Bavarians will have to decide whether to cash in on Gnabry now or risk losing him for nothing in a year’s time.
And according to the Sun, the Munich giants will be open to selling Gnabry for a fee in the region of £35m, if they cannot reach an agreement with the former West Bromwich Albion loanee.
Since moving to Bayern in 2017 and then spending a season on loan at Hoffenheim, Bayern’s number seven has scored 64 goals and provided 40 assists from 171 games for Die Roten.
Last season, Gnabry produced his best goalscoring campaign for Bayern in the Bundesliga with him netting 14 goals.
The versatile forward, who only played three games under Tony Pulis during an infamous loan spell at the Hawthorns, is entering the so-called prime years of his career and his goalscoring pedigree would help contribute to filling the void Ronaldo would inevitably leave behind.
The serial winner has won 12 trophies with Bayern, including four league titles and the 2019-20 Champions League which Gnabry scored nine goals from 10 games in.
While not an out and out number nine, Gnabry would add experience and quality to a youthful United forward line.
And after struggling to fulfil his potential at Arsenal and West Brom, the 34-time German international, who has scored 20 times for his country, may feel he still has unfinished business and a point to prove in England.
Gnabry isn’t one of the five potential Cristiano Ronaldo replacements that we picked out, but he could be a quality addition that helps ignites Ten Hag’s era at the Theatre of Dreams.