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Falk: Bayern Munich negotiating with Leroy Sane (UPDATE: Man City offering €12m a year?)

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This saga seems to have no end. Even de Ligt wasn't this annoying.

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Can this saga just end already? According to Christian Falk of Sport Bild, Bayern Munich are engaged in negotiations with Manchester City star Leroy Sane via his representatives. This follows a recent report by Sky Germany alleging the same — that the Bavarians have been in contact with the player for several weeks now, but no actual bids have been submitted to City.

Logically, all the info makes sense and has now been corroborated by two different sources, so we’re inclined to believe it. Bayern Munich will only enter into negotiations with a club after they have agreed personal terms with the player.

Here are all the tweets from Falk regarding the Sane transfer:

Geez, just how long does this guy take to decide? Also, could this be a potential wrinkle in the process?

That doesn’t look good.

What’s going on?

Well, basically, Leroy Sane is currently playing both Bayern and City against each other in a bid to secure more playing time and a better contract. This is likely why Sane hired Beckham’s agency earlier in the year — because he’s looking for a big payday at the end of all this. Bayern are just another pawn in this game, a game that we’re likely to lose.

That’s where all this “Sane is still undecided” nonsense comes from. It’s a negotiating tactic — the player is best served by keeping all interested parties in the dark about his intentions. So long as he doesn’t overplay his hand, Sane is sure to come out of this in a better position, and that’s likely all he wants.

Now, the question remains — can Bayern still land Sane? Probably, but it won’t be easy, quick, or cheap. Negotiations with the player could take a long time, and provided an agreement is reached, negotiations with Man City could be even more protracted and painful.

Another potential complication could be the duration of the EPL transfer window — it closes in early August, whereas the German window closes in early September. While that gives Bayern more time to negotiate and reach a deal, it’s possible that Man City might refuse to sell Sane after their window closes, because they would be unable to procure a replacement.

Whatever happens, this saga doesn’t seem likely to end any time soon. So let’s wait and see how things play out. In the meantime, at least we have some preseason games to keep us occupied.


A quick update from Sky, who seem to have some semblance of reliable info on this transfer (crazy, I know). They claim that Man City offered Sane a new contract which is worth 12m euros a year, and that’s where things stand at the moment. Can Beat that offer? It might not be possible.