Arsenal’s surprise free transfer is threatened by Real Madrid’s new transfer hunt – Bailey Keogh

Arsenal’s dream free transfer ahead of next season could be stolen by Real Madrid. This comes after the La Liga side missed Kylian Mbappe and reportedly turned their attention to Gnabry.

This comes after German news agency Bild reported that Arsenal were keen to bring Serge Gnabry back to the club this summer, but their failure to qualify for the Champions League dashed any hope of a realization. However, he is a free agent in 2023 and Arsenal may explore that option.

The same news outlet then went on to report that Real Madrid are also exploring the possibility of signing Gnabry this summer after Mbappe decided to stay at PSG. The Germany winger would be the perfect signing for Arsenal but it now appears the Gunners have serious competition to secure his signature.

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At the beginning of the season German Outlet Bild had claimed Gnabry and his agents are asking wages of £12.5million a year to sign a new deal. But Bayern have yet to agree to those terms, which has put talks on hold for the moment.

This was followed by the claim by German news channel Sport1 that Gnabry’s desire to leave Bayern isn’t just about the money. The player wants to feel that he plays an important role in the team and prefers to play in a more central position than on the wing.

The German would be an excellent acquisition at the end of the season as his versatility could prove key for Mikel Arteta. There’s certainly an unfinished business for Gnabry, which was proved when he dropped a potential transfer hint by saying he’s ‘always a gunner’. He will cost around £60million, according to CIES Football Observatory, which is a deal that could certainly be worth the cost.

The Gunners could also wait until next season and try to sign him on a free transfer. This would certainly rank as one of the best spins in a free deal given the quality of the winger. However, it would be risky for the Gunners to wait for that opportunity as Real Madrid appear to be keen on transfer revenge after losing to Mbappe – and other clubs likely to rival them for a free transfer.

The Germany winger still harbors great admiration for Arsenal, as evidenced with a tweet claiming London belongs to Arsenal after Gnabry’s Bayern Munich beat Tottenham 7-2 in 2019. He has also been pictured in Arsenal shirts on a number of recent occasions, which also underscores his love for the club.

Gnabry left the Gunners for Werder Bremen in 2016 after failing to re-sign under Arsene Wenger as the club’s manager. Since leaving the Premier League, he has won the Champions League with FC Bayern Munich and won several German titles.

It would certainly be a statement from Arsenal if they could sign Gnabry. But it won’t be easy when top clubs in Europe try to secure the German’s signature.

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