Bayern Munich are set to renew their interest in Leroy Sane in January — despite his serious knee injury. But Manchester City will be in no mood to let the German winger go cheaply in the New Year — and still hope he will commit to a new deal at the Etihad.
But a swoop to bring Sane to the Allianz Arena on a permanent basis remains very much on the radar for the German champions. They will hope City drop their £145 million price tag in light of his injury — although the feeling at the Etihad is their stance remains unchanged.
More than a year of talks over a new deal failed to reach a conclusion — but City have not yet given up hope. The Premier League champions reportedly knocked back an offer for Sane by Bayern in the region of £70million in the summer. And last month it was claimed that the Bavarian outfit are willing to make the player their highest earner on a whopping £400,000-a-week salary.
With a reported €446K per week (€23 million per year) offer on the table, Bayern might have to dig deeper into its coffers to make sure it can bring Sane back to Germany.
Per statements made by Football.London Chelsea writer Oliver Harbord, a deal between Chelsea and Callum Hudson-Odoi will likely be announced when he formally returns to game action:
There doesn’t seem now at all that there is a fear he will be leaving the club, like there was back in January. With the new project under Frank Lampard, Hudson-Odoi is going to get his chances in the first team and he is ready to commit his long term future. There is only just when the deal is going to be announced, which could coincide with his return to action.
Besides Chinese ones, several Qatari clubs are keen on former Croatian international striker Mario Mandzukic (33), surprisingly not included, together with front-row teammate of his Emre Can, in Juventus CL players list. Meanwhile, West Ham are reportedly planning a move on former Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich hitman, who turned down Borussia Dortmund and PSG, as well as a return to Die Roten themselves.
The whole situation with Mandzukic is puzzling. He obviously has fallen out of favor with Maurizio Sarri, but Mandzukic can still play. This is a case where the club and player should have worked together to find a good landing spot over the summer.
Remember a few weeks ago when “Fat Süle” was all the rage? Not so fast my friend! Süle is so fit, he almost never misses practice:
Niklas Süle erklärt seine Fitness - und beeindruckt mit einer Statistik: „Ich habe seit ich bei Bayern bin keine Trainingseinheit verpasst.“ #fcbayern @SPORTBILD @BILD_Sport pic.twitter.com/pZ1WPVQuAs— Tobias Altschäffl (@altobelli13) September 4, 2019
I know, I know...you ALL think he’s just tempting the injury gods to do what they do best to Bayern Munich players. I’m still laughing that there was a fat controversy with this guy just a few weeks ago.
Germany international Emre Can has expressed his displeasure with The Old Lady:
Ruled out from Juventus CL group round list, German international defensive midfielder Emre Can (25) unveils his rage towards the club, in an interview released to La Stampa: “I’m mad at Juventus, they didn’t fulfill the promises they made me. PSG wanted me, and I decided to stay put as long as I could play Champions League. I’m definitely going to talk to the club.”
One of the great running jokes of the Daily Schmankerl was the summer of 2018 when Robert Lewandowski provided us hilarious pic after pic to use for cover shots. This photo, however, is pretty cool (unlike those glasses he wore at his contract extension):
Paris Saint-Germain looks like it could finally be ready to sell Neymar next summer for €170 million:
While having kept him in, for his third season in a row, PSG are reportedly planning to give up on either Barcelona or Real Madrid, and let Neymar (27) go in summer 2020. French giants plan to sign O’Ney away on a €170 million euros fee at least, that would mean a cash gain, despite the latter being an overall lower sum than the €222m paid Blaugrana out for bringing him in back in summer 2017. Both Juventus and Manchester City might end up hanging over PSG star, a potential replacement for either CR7 or Sergio Aguero.