Bayern Munich reportedly faces tough negotiations with Manchester City.
Pep Guardiola confirmed last week that Leroy Sane wants to leave Manchester City and join other club in summer. That other club is Bayern Munich since they have been trying to Sane in the past 18 months. Moreover, the club chiefs launched a charm offensive for the German winger recently.
Sane has reportedly agreed to a long term contract with the German Champions. He is doing everything possible to make this transfer happen. However, his current club will be the biggest stumbling block in this move due to their transfer fee demands.
According to The Telegraph, Man City is not going to accept a cut-price deal for Sane despite him entering the final year of the contract. The English club may even try to persuade Sane one last time to sign a new deal if Die Roten comes back with an improved offer. Telegraph also insists that Bayern is not ready to pay more than €40 million for the German international.
Man City wanted Die Roten to pay over the odds for Sane last summer. It was reported in England and Germany that the Manchester-based club wanted a nine-figure fee for the German winger. The Bavarian might have eventually paid that fee, but Sane suffered a serious knee injury in August, just when the transfer was moving in a positive direction.
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Despite a failed move last summer, Die Roten were heavily linked with Sane throughout the past 12 months. The German winger also remained determined to seal a move to Bavaria. Uli Hoeness further fueled speculation by saying that the club may look at Sane during the winter transfer window.
Rekordmeister were on the weaker side of negotiations 12 months ago, but they have much more leverage now to sign Sane for a lesser fee. It could also boil down to Sane forcing this move for Man City to reconsider Die Roten’s current offer. For the time being, it looks like a chess game, where both clubs are trying to get the best deal for Sane.
The German winger has been rejecting multiple contract offers from Man City. It will take a huge turnaround from him to pen a new deal now. The English club is not known for selling their best players in the past decade, so they might try to get a statement fee for the German international.
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Since the summer transfer window is going to open late and the Champions League is set to be completed in August, this transfer could drag on. Die Roten might also wait for Sane to run down his deal and focus on signing Kai Havertz from Bayer Leverkusen this summer.