Bayern Munich may not be as bad as Barcelona when it comes to tapping up Arsenal players, but it would appear that they have gone about securing our young German star Serge Gnabry in a very underhand way, and surely it must be considered an illegal approach under ‘tapping up’ rules.
Last summer Gnabry, who was entering the last year of his Arsenal contract, amazingly scored six goals to end as top scorer in the Olympic football tournament, and was subsequently sold to Werder Bremen in a cut-price deal before the transfer window closed. There were rumours that Bayern Munich had used Bremen as a conduit to get a better price on the 21 year old, as even Wenger admitted in January in a pre-match press conference….
Wenger asked if he is interested in re-signing Gnabry
"No, we sold him to Werder Bremen. At the time it looked like Bayern were behind it"
— Simon Collings (@sr_collings) January 26, 2017
Well shock horror. Bremen today sold Gnabry on to Bayern, with a tidy little profit for looking after him for a year. Munich announced on their official website: “FC Bayern München have agreed with SV Werder Bremen on a transfer from Serge Gnabry. Gnabry, 21, will receive a three-year contract with FC Bayern.
“Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, the Chairman of the FC Bayern Munich Board of Management, said: “We are delighted to see another young German national player in FC Bayern in Serge Gnabry. Serge has developed very well in Bremen. “
“Serge Gnabry says: “It is a great honor to be part of FC Bayern. Before me lies an exciting time, which I am very much looking forward to. “
Well what can you say to that? Cheeky sods!