Bayern Munich is said to be having trouble in extending the contract for their French winger Kingsley Coman. This is according to Sports Bild, who reports that Manchester United is offering him a significant pay rise (close to €12 million).
The major reason for the new issue is said to be the high wages enjoyed by Leroy Sane. Sane joined Bayern just a year back. To get the player from the Premier League side Manchester City, Bayern has provided him more wage. Sane is reportedly earning more than anyone in the Bayern squad barring Robert Lewandowski.
This has caused tensions as Coman is now demanding a raise in his salary as well. Coman also had a better season compared to Sane and expects to earn similar wages. Bayern has caused internal unrest by offering Sane higher wages, now opening the door for other players to demand more.
SANE vs COMAN
Coman’s call for increased salary is also backed by the performance on field. Both the wingers had similar outputs in the season. In Bundesliga, Sane have played in 31 matches an Coman have played 28. However, both of them featured around the same number of minutes.
While Sane scored 6 goals, Coman could only score 4. Both of them also assisted 9 times each in the league. With a goalscoring machine like Robert Lewandowski in the team, pressure on Sane and Coman is limited.
Coming to the Champions League, Coman have a slight edge on the German. Coman have played 7 matches for Bayern and scored 3 and assisted for 2 goals. Sane has played 8 matches in the Champions League. While he scored 3 goals, he do not have any assist in the competition.
All this means that there is little to separate both players. Hence the new fallout due to salary difference was bound to happen.
HEADACHE FOR THE HIERARCHY
Players like David Alaba, Jerome Boateng, and Javi Martinez will leave Bayern on a free this season. Leon Goretzka is also said to be holding on with the contract talks and may decide to leave in the future. Coman thus becomes another player who is creating unrest at otherwise a very well functioning club.
Thus for the incoming CEO Oliver Kahn and Sporting Director Hasan Salihamidzic, this is going to be a cause of concern. Till now Bayern had no issue in keeping their players. They will need to sort their issues to keep it that way.
With Manchester United stepping up their pursuit for the Frenchman, Bayern need to act fast. They would have to loosen their purse strings so that the squad is satisfied and there is harmony going into the next season.