The Bavarians risk losing the indispensable midfielder, for a cut-price no less, with his contract expiring in less than a year’s time.
Leon Goretzka’s potential move to Manchester United has essentially been ruled out by Julian Nagelsmann, who is “confident” the player will commit his future to Bayern Munich.
Goretzka will be free to sign a pre-contract with one of his many suitors from January onwards, having entered the final 12 months of his current deal at Bayern.
Manchester United are understood to be closely monitoring his situation as they search for a successor to Paul Pogba, who is also in the last year of his contract at Old Trafford and is linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain.
Goretzka’s loss could be too much to handle for the Bundesliga champions as the Germany international had been central to their recent successes – but it appears they don’t have to worry about losing him.
“I’m not involved enough that I have a say every day. I stay out of these issues,” Nagelsmann told reporters [via CBS Sports].
“Of course I have talked to him about my plans for him. I’ve told him I’d be happy if he extended and I’m also confident. There are several topics involved when it comes to discussing a contract extension.
“I’ll continue to focus on the sports side of things and show him he can be one of the most dangerous midfielders in Europe. He has potential to get even better.”