Bayern Munich winger Kingsley Coman will be entering the final two years of his contract after the season, and evidently the extension negotiations with his club have entered the phase where he gets threateningly linked with other big teams around Europe.
According to the Mail (exclusive!) Chelsea and Manchester United are both “keeping close tabs” on the 24-year-old, should he become available. The Blues are especially “poised to revisit” our interest thanks to the Christian Pulisic situation, which, again according to the Mail a few days ago, could result in the American wonderkid taking a hike, perhaps back down to Germany. With Bayern keeping tabs on Pulisic and Chelsea keeping tabs on Coman, you can practically see the energy generated by the brainwaves over at the Mail’s football media department.
It is of course way too early to write off Pulisic, even if he has not been able to perform to the best of his abilities recently, thanks in large part to constant injuries disrupting any good form he’s shown, such as during Project Restart last summer. However, should the situation devolve any further, Coman could indeed be a good (and versatile) replacement, who burst onto the scene back in 2014-15 as an 18-year-old wing-back for Antonio Conte’s Juventus.
One could argue that Coman could even be a proper upgrade on what Pulisic has offered thus far for Chelsea. Since arriving at Bayern in 2015, the former PSG youngster has scored 39 goals and added 48 assists in 188 matches, with 6 goals and 13 assists in 27 games this season. Chelsea, like the rest of the football world, have been aware of Coman for some time, and we even reportedly lodged a €60m bid in 2017 that they swiftly rejected. Coman was again linked a couple years ago, when the Hudson-Odoi drama was at its height.
That doesn’t necessarily mean that this all just idle talk while Coman negotiates a contract extension (and Pulisic bides his time until his form turns around). Chelsea have shown willingness to spend big on players we want to acquire, and Coman might be looking for a bigger payday or a bigger challenge.
But there’s very little here just yet to believe that Coman’s leaving Bayern anytime soon.