Having recently waved an emotional goodbye to club legends Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery, Bayern Munich are in the market for a new winger and Manchester City’s Leroy Sane has emerged as a surprise target.
Reports from German news outlet Bild suggest that Bayern president Uli Hoeness is incredibly keen on bringing the lightning-quick forward back to the Bundesliga, where he departed in 2016.
The report goes on to confirm a few details we are already aware of, including the fact that Pep Guardiola, former boss at the interested club, has given the go-ahead for a Sane exit, with the winger surprisingly no longer a preferred choice in the starting line-up – despite claiming 10 Premier League goals and 11 Premier League assists this term.
Despite contract negations between City and Sane hitting a dead-end, it is expected that the Sky Blues will slap a mammoth €100m price-tag on him this summer, which could be a major sticking point as Hoeness has recently stated that Bayern would not be willing to drop more than €80million on any player this summer: “We’re not playing Monopoly here. We’re a soccer club. We have reached a limit with €80 million, and I don’t think that we’ll exceed it in further transfers.”
A fact Duncan Castles has confirmed on Twitter…
— Duncan Castles (@DuncanCastles) May 22, 2019
However, we don’t believe for one minute that the Bavarian giants, ranked as one of the wealthiest clubs in world football, would be prepared to bow out of the chase that easily, especially with the market heading in the ludicrous direction that it is. Give it a few more years and a Sane deal worth 100m will seem like pennies.
With that being said, to lose Sane at this stage in his development, when there is evidently so much more to come from him – which is quite frankly frightening – would be a travesty of the highest order. This lad is going to be one of the best, we all know it. Heck, Pep Guardiola probably even knows it.
We’d argue that Manchester City, for all their current depth, scouting expertise and a seemingly endless pot of money will still almost certainly struggle to identify and sign a player of the German’s stature and ability for a considerable amount time; all while watching their disregarded star turn into a world beater. Sad times.
Manchester City fans, how sad would you be to see Sane go? Is this a demonstration of just how strong your current squad is or is it a case of negligence on Guardiola’s part to let Sane slip? Join the discussion by commenting below…
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