The search for Robbery replacements is heading into unexplored territory. According to a report by Bild, Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness is extremely keen on signing Leroy Sane, in order to secure an all-German connection on the wings. The Manchester City star already has a fruitful partnership with Serge Gnabry at the international level, and the Bavarians are keen on bringing that same dynamism to club level.
Aside from this, Bild doesn’t tell us anything that we haven’t heard before. Pep Guardiola has reportedly given the go-ahead for a Sane exit, with the winger no longer the preferred choice in the starting lineup. Contract negotiations between City and the player have halted, with Sane’s current deal due to expire in 2021. Despite this, the English champions are expected to ask for around €100m for the winger.
That number could be problematic for the Bavarians, as Uli Hoeness recently stated that Bayern would not spend more than €80m on any one player this summer. However, statements made to the media are not binding contracts, and Bayern Munich have the leeway (and funds) to be flexible.
There’s also another problem — Bild states that Sane would prefer to stay at City and try and convince Pep Guardiola to give him another chance. If the player does not commit to joining Bayern, then transfer negotiations could become very difficult (if not impossible).
Bild quoted Karl-Heinz Rummenigge saying that a winger signing would definitely be made this summer, and the club would prefer a player that can play on the right and the left. Sane certainly fits the bill, and his numbers at City have been nothing short of exceptional. While there have been rumors of attitude problems, Leroy Sane would be the perfect candidate to take over the mantle of Arjen Robben or Franck Ribery at Bayern, and the bosses will probably make every effort they can to sign him.