The German champions are entering a phase of change. Bayern Munich have replaced their outgoing manager Hansi Flick with Julian Nagelsmann. This was followed by the signing of young prospect Dayot Upamecano from RB Leipzig.
However, Bayern do face a massive task as they are undergoing multiple contract negotiations. The club have already lost star player David Alaba on a free transfer. The Munich-based club will be looking to tie down its players in the coming few months.
LOSING PLAYERS FOR FREE
Bayern Munich in recent times have faced difficulty in keeping hold of its main players. Midfielder Thiago Alcantara had lengthy talks with the club regarding his future. The Spanish international then moved to Liverpool at the beginning of last season for a transfer fee of around £20 million.
Contract renewal of three players wherein doubt this season. While Javi Martinez and Jerome Boateng were not offered a new contract due to their age profile, the same is not true for David Alaba.
Alaba demanded increased wages from Bayern, but the club was not ready to offer it. This stalled the contract negotiations, to the end of the season. Ultimately the Austrian move to Real Madrid on a free transfer at the end of the season.
CONTRACT REBELS IN BAYERN MUNICH
The major players that are causing contract issues now are Leon Goretzka, Kingsley Coman and Niklas Sule. Goretzka has only one more year left in his contract and talks between him and the club has not progressed. The German appointed a new agent as is demanding a new contract with higher wages.
A similar issue is faced in the contract negotiation of Kinglsey Coman. The French international is demanding a significant rise in wages that is on par with his performance. Bayern Munich have found themselves in a tough spot as any rise in individual wages will result in other players demanding the same.
Niklas Sule and Joshua Kimmich are also stalling in signing a new contract. While Kimmich still has 2 years left in his contract, Sule only has one year left. Bayern are in a difficult situation and could see another exodus of players on free transfers unless they can tie their players down.
The contract issues have also affected Bayern in the transfer market. The club cannot bring in big targets as it can upset the existing wage structure. Reports are also suggesting that the record Bundesliga champions will not be making any big moves this summer. The club hierarchy should act fast to avoid the issue escalating.