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Kicker: Leroy Sané has decided to transfer to Bayern Munich (Update: Sane to earn €20m a year?!?)

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Kicker claims that Sané has at long last made up his mind. Presuming that the deal goes through, the transfer fee will be in excess of €100 million, the biggest in Bundesliga history.

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Major news breaking in Germany: according to the premier soccer magazine kicker, Leroy Sané has at last made up his mind about his future: he has supposedly decided in favor of transferring back to the Bundesliga, to Bayern Munich.

Bayern has courted Sané for weeks. A decision was initially expected once the player returned from his summer vacation, but the wait has dragged on through Manchester City and Bayern Munich’s entire preseason preparations.

The transfer fee for the 23-year-old Germany international will be in excess of €100m euros, the largest transfer in the history of Bayern Munich and indeed the Bundesliga. Kicker suggests that Sané will sign a contract for 4-5 years. The details of the final package remain unknown. If Sané has communicated his intentions to Manchester City, the timing of the decision would give his current club exactly a week to sign a replacement before the English transfer window closes.

Sané’s transfer from Manchester to Munich would come not a moment too soon: Bayern’s only starting wingers, Serge Gnabry and Kingsley Coman are already dealing with minor injuries. Coman left Bayern’s final preseason match just moments after coming on the pitch after suffering a contusion on his knee, but his availability for the DFL-Supercup is reportedly not in serious doubt. Gnabry also suffered an muscle injury in Bayern’s opening AudiCup match against Fenerbahce Istanbul. Although Alphonso Davies played brilliantly in Coman’s absence, Bayern still desperately needs a consistent veteran on the wings.

We will publish more on the story as it emerges. The deal is not official at the present.


Update

According to Bild, Sane is set to earn a frankly ludicrous salary at Bayern Munich:

Would Sané be Bayern’s highest-paid player?Yes. An annual salary of approximately €20m is supposedly being discussed, a part of it might be paid immediately as a signing bonus. The fee, salary, and signing bonus might amount to a €200m package. Currently, Lewandowski is the highest-paid player at approximately €16m per year.