Per a new report by Bild+ that came out shortly after Bayern Munich’s 2-2 penalty shooutout loss to Tottenham in the Audi Cup, Bayern have officially submitted an offer to Manchester City for Leroy Sane. This is the first time that an official offer has been reported on from either party in correlation with potential transfer. This comes just over 24 hours after CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge had essentially forced an apology out of Niko Kovac to Pep Guardiola and Manchester City for saying that he felt “confident” that Bayern would be signing Sane.
Per sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic, negotiations between the two clubs officially began last week, despite speculation that they already had previously. He had backed Rummenigge’s criticism for Kovac speaking prematurely on the matter:
It’s important that we don’t talk about players who are under contract at another club. We have to apologize to ManCity for the fact that their player is being talked about the whole time. We would be well advised not to say anything more about the matter, but rather to keep quiet both inside and outside. We have to put the matter to rest now.
For Bayern, though, this has still been the most significant update on Sane to date since there has not yet been an official bid submitted to Manchester City for the midfielder. Details on the fee have not yet emerged, but if the bid is accepted, Sane could be travelling to Munich within the coming days to finalize a move.