We have news, and this time from a very reliable source! Fabrizio Romano of The Guardian reports that Manchester City have rejected Bayern Munich’s initial bid for Leroy Sane. The €80m (£70.7m) offer was put on the table a week ago, and now the Citizens have finally made their answer known.
This isn’t really a setback, as it was obvious from the beginning that Sane was going to cost more than €80m. Now the ball is back in Bayern’s court, and according to the report, City would be willing to let the 23-year-old go if the Bavarians meet their asking price. That price could be as high as £100m (i.e. €113m), according to some sources.
Interestingly, Romano makes no mention of Sane’s alleged disinterest in returning to the Bundesliga, which Sky Sport journalist Torben Hoffmann alleged just hours earlier. That’s at least a good sign — it might mean that those rumors aren’t true. Still, it looks like a quick, clean resolution to this transfer isn’t going to happen — City and Bayern will fight tooth and nail over every penny.
Hopefully, the saga ends with the two clubs reaching a good deal for the winger. A deal would benefit both parties — Bayern would get the young winger who can truly be a 1:1 successor to either Arjen Robben or Franck Ribery, and City would get a boatload of cash to ease their FFP troubles and perhaps make some important moves in the transfer market.
We’ll keep you updated as the story develops.