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Manchester City fears Leroy Sané had “head turned” by Bayern Munich

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Does Leroy Sané have interest in Bayern Munich or is this all a negotiating ploy by his agent to get a better deal from Manchester City?

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Per a report by Metro UK, there are internal concerns at Manchester City over Leroy Sané’s stalled contract extension negotiations. Some Manchester City officials are reportedly afraid that interest from Bayern Munich has the 23-year-old star thinking about a return to Germany.

It is worth noting, however, that because Sané is engaged in negotiations that this could just be his agent making an attempt to get his player a better deal.

Manchester City fear their protracted contract negotiations with Leroy Sané are a result of the winger’s head being turned by offers to leave the Etihad. The German has two years to run on his existing deal at the Etihad and the club have been keen to agree fresh terms with him on a new long-term contract.

The club felt they had made progress with Sane’s representatives in March and had been confident that the winger had decided to stay at the Etihad, though they still had some way to go on finalizing the numbers.

However, City feel they are doing much of the pushing and there’s been little urgency from Sane’s camp to progress talks further. Members on City’s board now fear Sane’s had his head turned and is happy to let the contract situation rumble on. Bayern Munich were interested in signing Sane when he left Schalke in 2016 and have long considered the German to be an ideal replacement for Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben.


BFW Analysis

The news linking Sané to Bayern and Juventus came out on Friday and has been lingering ever since. Sure, it is plausible and maybe even likely that Bayern would want Sané. He’s young, immensely talented, German, and would be coming into fill a position where the club has an upcoming need.

The question, however, is at what price would Bayern be willing to make that happen — if Manchester City was willing to make a deal? The initial rumor included a number of €70m as the floor for what it would take to get Sané, but we imagine it would take a whole lot more than that to pry such a skilled and talented asset from Manchester City.

It would be fair to think that the Premier League power is in no rush to lose Sané this summer when he is under contract to the squad through the 2020/2021 season, so expect this to carry on a while longer — or at least until Sané inks an extension for a prolonged stay with Pep Guardiola.