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Bayern Munich rejected Jesus for Leroy Sané

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Bayern Munich turned down an offer from Manchester City for Brazilian star Gabriel Jesus and remains committed to Sané, who could potentially help in the Champions League.

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Manchester City star Leroy Sané remains Bayern Munich’s highest transfer target as the winter transfer window slowly approaches. A new report by Sport Bild further revealed that Bayern was so determined to sign Sané that the club from largely Catholic Bavaria even rejected Jesus — Gabriel Jesus, that is.

City offered Bayern the opportunity to sign the Brazilian striker for under €100m. But Bayern remained resolutely focused on their golden calf Sané, despite his €150m price tag, and scorned the would-be savior. It was arguably the right move. While Robert Lewandowski is scoring goals at a record pace in Bavaria, Jesus has descended to hell on the bench behind Sergio Aguero, and there is no telling when he may rise again.

In the meantime, Bayern intends to revisit its diabolical scheme to tempt Sané to Munich. As AZ elaborates, Sané’s recovery has proceeded so well that he almost miraculously can walk again — without crutches. Verily, he may even be healed by the knockout rounds of the Champions League. Sané has not played in the current Champions League season, but he theoretically could walk across the water to debut for Bayern, should Bayern’s three wise men, sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic, CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, and new board member Oliver Kahn come bearing enough gifts to persuade City to negotiate this Christmas.

The onus will be on City to sell, since Sané still has not extended his contract, which expires in 2021. If Sané goes into his last days with City, he could be spirited away to Bavaria on a free transfer. His loss might cause gnashing of teeth and rending of garments in Manchester, but Sané’s advent would undoubtedly put all Bayern fans in a state of rapture.