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Bayern Munich officially opens negotiations with Manchester City for Leroy Sané

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The pressure is rising for movement on a Sané transfer, since the English transfer window closes on August 8th.

FC Bayern Munich v Manchester City - International Champions Cup 2018 Photo by Alexandra Beier/Bongarts/Getty Images

Per a new report by Bild+, Bayern Munich sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic has officially begun negotiations with Manchester City for the transfer of Leroy Sané. It has been understood for a while now that Bayern wants to sign Sané, but this is technically the first time Salihamidzic has officially contacted Manchester City to open negotiations.

This was one of the main reasons why Salihamidzic stayed behind back in Munich while the rest of the Bayern squad and coaching staff traveled to the United States for their Audi pre-season tour. Bayern has used that time to outline a clear plan to offer Sane as a part of their efforts to convince him to sign for the club.

Brazzo thinking of how he can convince Sane to come to Bayern....(just kidding, this is from a presser)
Photo credit should read CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images

It was also reported earlier this week that Bayern’s front office is working on setting a deadline for the (potential) Sané transfer. The new Bild+ report suggests they will have a meeting about it at some point in the coming days. It was reported that there have been “positive signs” from within Sane’s inner circle. The idea now from Bayern’s perspective is have everything finalized before August 8th, when the summer transfer window officially closes for the English Premier League. Not for nothing, either, but City boss Pep Guardiola has strongly urged Sane to make a decision on his future as soon as possible, too.

Could UEFA FFP help Bayern get Sane?

Manchester City itself, however, is also under pressure to reach closure on Sané’s transfer before the transfer window closes. City is under a increasing scrutiny for potentially violating UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules and regulations. The club recently spent €70 million to sign Atletico Madrid’s Rodrigo Hernández Cascante (“Rodri”), who was also one of the major targets on Bayern’s radar heading into the summer transfer window. Bayern may have missed out on their ideal defensive midfielder, but his decision to join City may facilitate Sané’s departure.

City has spent more than €485 million on transfers in just the last three years. Without offloading Sane, they might not be able to balance the books, so to speak, and could face serious fines and/or suspensions from UEFA. A suspension from the Champions League would put a serious dent in City’s budget if such a punishment was ultimately handed down.