Liverpool dealt transfer blow in Coman pursuit as Bayern CEO details talks

Bayern Munich chief Oliver Kahn is “optimistic” about keeping Kingsley Coman despite interest from Liverpool.

The French winger has a contract in Bavaria until 2023 but the German champions are keen to tie him down to an extension.

Liverpool though are weighing up a move for the World Cup winner in the coming months.

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Coman would suit the Reds’ attacking philosophy and their lack of potency last term pointed towards a shake-up in personnel.

But Kahn, who has recently taken up his role as Bayern’s CEO, is looking to retain the club’s top players.

Discussions are underway with both Coman and Leon Goretzka, whose deal expires at the end of this season.

Kingsley Coman’s deal has another two years to run

Kahn is confident that the duo will want to stay put due to the success of the club but will not be held to ransom.

He said: “We’re in talks with Goretzka and Coman. Absolute top players want to be paid accordingly, we’re not naive about that. That’s perfectly fine. With us, there is a limit, which is very clearly defined.

“With [David] Alaba, you saw that at a certain point, we were no longer willing to go further. We don’t push into salary regions that don’t suit FC Bayern.

“We are in very, very good talks with both players. I am optimistic. We have a great package to offer here.

“They always have the chance to win big titles with us and can help shape an era.”

Manchester United were linked with Coman last summer and their interest remained heading into the summer.

But the Bayern star was seen as an alternative should they fail to sign Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund.

A deal for the English winger looks to be completed meaning the Red Devils won’t pursue Coman.

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New signings would provide competition for Mo Salah and Sadio Mane
New signings would provide competition for Mo Salah and Sadio Mane

It leaves Liverpool free to move for the 25-year-old as they weigh up their options at Anfield.

Jurgen Klopp has kept faith with the front three of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane for the past four seasons.

Firmino and Mane endured difficult season’s last year however and adding more fresh faces could prove advantageous.

Diogo Jota arrived from Wolves last summer but the likes of Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri could both move on.

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