Advantage Liverpool as Bayern superstar KNOCKS BACK Barcelona offer

Joshua Kimmich’s Bayern Munich contract expires in 2025 and it’s been reported that the German international could well be SOLD this summer. 

The 29-year-old is one of Bayern’s top earners, making an annual €19.5 million gross, according to reports, and so far there has been no agreement over a new deal. 

The defender-cum-midfielder found himself shunted to right back towards the end of the campaign as youngster Aleksandar Pavlovic occupied the midfield slot. 

It has been speculated that Bayern are willing to let the player go should they receive a decent offer in the upcoming transfer window. 

Liverpool are among the teams linked with the signature of Kimmich, with the Reds seeking a new defensive midfielder. 

Although the Anfield side overhauled their midfield last year - with Wataru Endo, Alexis Mac Allister, Dominik Szoboszlai and Ryan Gravenberch coming to the club - they have still looked short of quality in the No.6 area

Kimmich could help solve that problem should the new transfer bosses - Richard Hughes and Michael Edwards - decide to make a move. 

One complicating factor in any Liverpool move however has been the presence of Barcelona. 

Kimmich was reported to be a target for the Catalans even before the expected arrival of Hansi Flick as successor to Xavi. 

The German coach was in charge of Kimmich and his teammates as Bayern won the treble back in 2020 and would no doubt love a link-up with the talented midfielder once again at Camp Nou. 

Could Liverpool sign Kimmich?

However, the latest reports out of Catalonia are NOT positive from a Barcelona standpoint. 

Sport details that Kimmich has knocked back Barca’s opening salary offer, deeming it a long way short of his expectation. 

It’s no secret that Barca are struggling to balance the books, especially with a substantial €30m salary outlay going on Robert Lewandowski and requiring compliance with LaLiga’s strict financial fair play laws. 

It remains to be seen whether a compromise can be reached between the two parties and, if not, the ball could well end up in Liverpool’s court. 

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