Earlier this month, we relayed news from Germany that Chelsea have ‘expressed an interest’ in signing Bayern Munich’s Kingsley Coman.
The Blues’ interest in the winger was further backed up by Fussball Transfers on Monday, who stated Chelsea are ‘showing interest’ in the player.
Coman is represented by his father, but they have approached Pini Zahavi, and have given the latter the ‘mandate for England’, reports Bild.
Zahavi has ‘very close ties’ with the west London club. The Israeli agent, who has been given a ‘mandate’, could use his relationship with Chelsea to place Coman at Stamford Bridge this summer.
The player’s contract at Allianz Arena runs down in 2023 and he’s ‘disappointed’ with the renewal offers proposed by the Bundesliga winners.
As per the report, the wideman is demanding around €16-17m per season in wages and this will almost double his salary. These figures are ‘actually utopian’ in the current climate, with the ‘exception’ of the ‘rich’ clubs in the Premier League.
With Chelsea showing interest in Coman, Bild are hinting Thomas Tuchel’s side could afford to offer such high wages.
The German outlet states: ‘Zahavi’s influence in the talks will be great: He can find a new club for Coman and earn money on the deal – or put Bayern under pressure with offers.’
Meanwhile, Sky Germany explain Coman’s camp handing Zahavi a mandate to find a club in England is not well received at Bayern.
The Bavarian club have had difficulties when negotiating with the agent for David Alaba’s extension. Having failed to find an agreement with the Austrian, he will now leave Bayern as a free agent.
It’s claimed Zahavi will not only negotiate Coman’s renewal with the German club, but will also ‘negotiate with interested clubs’ from the Premier League.
Sky transfer expert Max Bielefeld suggested the possibility of using interest from the Premier League, including from Chelsea, to put pressure on Bayern cannot be ruled out.
“A player doesn’t get a Pini Zahavi if he really wants to stay with a club. He’s there to get offers from other clubs and to use that as a negotiating tactic when extending a contract,” Bielefeld said.