Regardless of ongoing rumours about Liverpool’s interest, the chances of Kingsley Coman, who has been linked with Liverpool and Manchester United, completing a move to Merseyside this summer were always slim. Now, with Bayern Munich reportedly slapping a £77 million price tag on the winger, it feels safe to say it simply will not happen.
According to the Daily Star (citing an unlinked report from BILD), the Bundesliga champions plan to keep Coman, despite his attempts to negotiate a new contract. The Frenchman is said to desire a wage increase to match the earnings of teammate Leroy Sané, who signed a £380k per week deal with the German side last year.
Bayern is not giving in to the demands, and they are apparently expecting to hold on to Coman, thus the high price tag. They’ll only sell if they receive an offer they simply can’t turn down, a stance Coman’s camp feels is unfair since no club is likely to offer that much for the 25-year-old given the pandemic reduced revenues of the last 15 months.
In the end, this all feels like posturing from both Coman and Bayern to try and reach a more favorable agreement on a contract extension. However, even if Coman really is interested in a move to England, and even if Bayern will let him go, he is not going to end up at Liverpool.
Liverpool is likely working with a transfer kitty that will be almost entirely funded by outgoing player sales, and £77 million would wipe out the vast majority of even the most optimistic spending projections for the summer window.
Spending that much money on a winger, which is not at all a position of need, is highly unlikely. Throw in the astronomical wages Coman is reportedly seeking at Bayern, wages that would destroy Liverpool’s current wage structure, and there is just no merit to the Coman to Liverpool rumours.