Manchester City are hoping that winger Leroy Sane will commit his long-term future to the club amid renewed interest from Bayern Munich.
The Sun reported that the Premier League champions want the 23-year-old to agree to a new deal at the Etihad Stadium, with several months of contract talks failing to yield a renewed commitment from the player.
According to The Sun, Bayern are planning to make an offer for Sane in January, even though he is expected to be out until next spring after incurring a cruciate knee ligament injury last month.
Manchester City rejected an offer for Sane in the region of £70m from the Bundesliga club this summer, as reported by The Sun, with Bayern prepared to offer the winger £400,000 a week to move to the Bundesliga.
Germany international Sane had been a frequent scorer and creator of chances for Manchester City last season, with 16 goals and 18 assists across 47 matches in all competitions (0.34 goals and 0.38 assists per game).
Only Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus scored more for the club in 2018/19, while only Sterling could match his assists tally for the season. [via TransferMarkt.co.uk]
With Sane out injured, his place on the left-hand side of attack has been filled by Sterling, who has been very effective in the early weeks of the season.
The England forward followed up his hat-trick against West Ham in Manchester City’s Premier League opener with goals against Tottenham and Bournemouth, as well as scoring in the Community Shield against Liverpool – the match in which Sane picked up his cruciate ligament injury.
However, Sterling has yet to record an assist so far this season, while Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva and Riyad Mahrez already have 13 between them. [via TransferMarkt.co.uk]
Last season in the Premier League, Sane recorded a passing accuracy of 84.4% and averaged 1.3 key passes and 1.8 dribbles per game. [via WhoScored.com]
So far this season, Sterling has had an inferior passing success rate of 78% and averaged just one key pass and one successful dribble per game. [via WhoScored.com]
Also, after having 10 shots in his first two league matches this season, he recorded only two at Bournemouth and none in last weekend’s win over Brighton. [via WhoScored.com]
Although Sterling’s goal contribution in recent weeks has been excellent, there are other aspects of his play where he could improve.
Last season, Sane backed up an impressive goals tally with plenty of effectiveness in terms of providing key passes and assists, along with retaining the ball better than Sterling has so far in this campaign.
If the Germany winger can replicate that form upon returning from injury, he should be a very effective outlet for them coming into the business end of the season – assuming Manchester City stand their ground and don’t cave in to Bayern’s overtures come January.
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