Sunday, August 18, 2019

Should Manchester City sell Leroy Sane this summer?

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It is no secret that German giants Bayern Munich have Manchester City winger Leroy Sane as their number transfer target this summer. Many people associated with Bayern have talked about hoping the winger joins the Bavarians this summer.

The problem is that according to 90minutes, among other publications, City are demanding a fee of around £137million for the Germany international. It seems that City does not want to sell the winger or just want to get their money’s worth in the crazy transfer market.

Doubts over Sane’s desire to join Bayern

In the last few days, there has been speculation in the German press that Sane wants to make the move to Bayern this summer. However, Bayern have now issued a statement stating that the reports of Sane agreeing to join the club are erroneous.

The same report claims that City have not received any bids for Sane so far this summer. It also claims that Sane is not unhappy in Manchester and has not asked to leave. Reports earlier in the summer suggested that the 23-year-old did not fancy a move back to his homeland. There definitely seems to be legs to the story of Sane joining Bayern though.

Sane experienced a strange season

Last season Leroy Sane experienced a strange campaign. The winger scored ten times and also produced ten assists, which by anybody’s standards is a good return in the Premier League.

However, he started just 21 of the Citizens 38 league matches. Towards the end of the top-flight season, he hardly featured for City. His lack of starts led to question marks over his relationship with boss Pep Guardiola and also his attitude, not for the first time with the latter.

No doubt Sane is hugely talented. However, if the winger is not working hard enough in training or on the pitch Guardiola simply will not pick him. Sane seems like a laid-back sort of guy. Therefore, maybe he has been slightly complacent and not worked as hard as he could in training. His boss has talked about him not training right in the past.

Many coaches would be happy for a player just to turn up and produce in games. Not the City boss, though, he Catalan boss demands intensity from his players at all times. There is a chance that the Citizens boss would be open to selling Sane.

Sane likely to stay at Manchester City

It is not difficult to see Leroy Sane staying at Manchester City at the moment. There is a week left until the English transfer window shuts for the summer. However, Bayern could still make a move after it shuts, as their window shuts later.

If the winger does move on this summer, it seems that Bavaria is his only likely destination. In fact, Bayern are now odds of 2/5 to be Leroy Sane’s next club. If the mooted fee is accurate, then any deal this summer looks unlikely.

Although the German club have spent big so far this summer on the likes of Lucas Hernandez, they are renowned for their cautious approach when it comes to money.  They will not splash the cash as Premier League clubs do.

The move makes sense for Bayern, as they are looking to replace two legendary figures Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery. It also seems to make sense for a young German player to want to make the move to Germany’s biggest club.

City would make a profit of around £100million if the winger left. The Citizens obviously do not need the money, but it would be great business nevertheless if he is unwanted by boss Guardiola anyway.

There is a feeling that this story may be a long-running one. The sort of story that pops up in every transfer window until he joins Bayern or retires. However, it seems he will not be joining Bayern this summer and will instead be helping City mount a challenge for all the big trophies next season.

Should Manchester City sell Leroy Sane this summer?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

David Nugent


David is a freelance football writer with nearly a decade of experience writing about the beautiful game. The experienced writer has written for over a dozen websites and also an international soccer magazine offline.
Arguably his best work has come as an editorial writer for Soccernews, sharing his good, bad and ugly opinions on the world’s favourite sport. During David’s writing career he has written editorials, betting previews, match previews, banter, news and opinion pieces.

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