Manchester City could face a further approach from Bayern Munich next year for winger Leroy Sane, according to reports from Germany.
The print edition of Bild reported [via Sports Mole] that the Bundesliga champions are planning to make another attempt to sign the 23-year-old in 2020, having had a player-plus-cash offer rejected in July, according to Mundo Deportivo.
The Irish Mirror claimed this week that Sane is facing up to seven months out injured after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament in the Community Shield against Liverpool earlier this month, adding that contract talks between the player and Manchester City are likely to be put on hold as a result.
Sane’s current contract at the Etihad Stadium will expire in 2021 and, after making some crucial contributions in big games last season, Manchester City could want to tie him down to the club once he recovers from injury, especially with Bayern lurking.
The Germany winger netted the decisive goal in the 2-1 win over Liverpool last January that ultimately proved pivotal in Pep Guardiola’s side winning the Premier League by a point from the Reds and also scored the second goal in the 2-0 defeat of Manchester United in April during the title run-in.
Having also netted in the 2-1 win at Watford in December, Manchester City would have been four points worse off in the Premier League were it not for Sane’s goals and, with those subtracted, they would have finished second to Liverpool in the final standings.
The champions coped fine without him last weekend when defeating West Ham 5-0 at London Stadium, with Raheem Sterling scoring a hat-trick from the left-sided attacking position that Sane usually occupies.
Given that Manchester City also had a goal ruled out for offside in addition to the five they scored, they can expect to come up against tougher defences than West Ham this season, however. Against Saturday’s opponents Tottenham in the league last term, Guardiola’s side eked out a couple of 1-0 wins and Sterling did not score in either of them.
While Manchester City are not badly stuck for left-sided attacking options – even if Sterling is unavailable at any stage during Sane’s absence, Kevin De Bruyne, Riyad Mahrez or Gabriel Jesus could be deployed there – the Germany winger has proven that he is a tremendous asset to Guardiola’s side.
A return of 30 goals and 37 assists in his last two seasons demonstrates the regularity with which he makes important contributions to the team and, having successfully warded off Bayern’s interest this summer, Manchester City should remain steadfast if the Bundesliga club come calling again for Sane in a few months’ time.
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