Manchester City attacker Leroy Sane is set to complete a move to Bayern Munich after a summer of speculation about his future, according to reports from a French media outlet.
France Football claimed that the 23-year-old Germany winger will join the Bundesliga champions in a deal worth €110million (£100.87m), which would make him the most expensive signing of all time by a German club.
According to France Football, Sane will become the highest-paid player in the Bundesliga with gross earnings of €18m (£16.5m) a year, eclipsing the €16m (£14.67m) being paid to Bayern’s Robert Lewandowski.
Last month, Mundo Deportivo reported that Manchester City had rejected a player-plus-cash bid for Sane, who was later given an ultimatum to make a call on his future by Pep Guardiola, according to ESPN.
Sane may only have played for 13 minutes in the Community Shield before being forced off through injury, but even in his short time on the field he posed a threat to Liverpool’s defence.
He had the first opportunity of the game when ghosting in behind the ball-watching Trent Alexander-Arnold to pick up a Raheem Sterling pass after the Manchester City man dispossessed Joe Gomez, Sane’s overcooked first touch ultimately letting Liverpool off the hook [via The Emirates FA Cup on YouTube].
Nonetheless, that clever movement off the ball from the left flank has been a standout trait of his time at the Etihad Stadium. It was something he utilised to devastating effect in the Manchester derby in April, holding his position on the left and then attacking the space vacated by the in-drifting Matteo Darmian before firing past David de Gea [via CityTV] for City’s second goal in their 2-0 victory during the Premier League title run-in.
He was at the core of the club’s Champions League victory over Schalke 04 last season, scoring an exquisite free kick with City 2-1 behind in the first leg and then conjuring three assists and a goal in the return leg at the Etihad.
Sane has been a very effective attacking outlet for Manchester City in his three seasons at the club, scoring 39 goals and supplying 45 assists in 134 appearances, an average of 0.29 goals and 0.34 assists per game.
With 16 goals in all competitions last season, he was their fourth highest scorer behind Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus, and he was their joint highest assists provider with 18, the same figure as Sterling.
Sane has made his presence felt in big games for Manchester City and boasts very impressive goal involvement statistics.
Even in a team with such abundant attacking riches, the Germany winger has stood out with his energetic style of play, ability to attack space and abundant goal returns.
Although Sterling or Riyad Mahrez could play on the left flank if Sane goes, City are likely to miss having a natural left-sided attacker of his ability and effectiveness if Bayern finally get their man.
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