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Hasan Salihamidzic rules out a transfer of Leroy Sane to Bayern Munich this winter

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So that’s one topic settled. But what about other winter transfers?

FC Bayern Muenchen Doha Training Camp - Day 6 Photo by Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty Images

Disappointing, but not surprising — it appears that Bayern Munich fans will have to wait a bit longer to see Leroy Sané in red. Speaking to the press at the winter training camp in Qatar, Sporting Director Hasan Salihamidzic confirmed that the Manchester City star would not make a switch to Munich this January. It is “not a topic,” Salihamidzic told Bild.

Of course, it was always going to be difficult to get a player such as Sané in the winter transfer window. Brazzo seems to imply that it was the winger’s injury that kept Bayern from pulling the trigger.

Salihamidzic: “We need a player who can help us right away.” However, they have not gotten far with any candidate currently. One player or two? “One after the other.” Leroy Sané is NOT a topic for the winter.

Sané suffered an ACL injury last August in the FA Community Shield game against Liverpool. While City boss Pep Guardiola seems to think he’s not far from a comeback, it doesn’t seem like the Bayern bosses feel the same way.

Of note — Sane was treated at Innsbruck in Austria, where most Bayern and Germany players go to be treated, rather than by Guardiola’s preferred choice of Dr. Ramon Cugat in Barcelona. It’s likely that Bayern had some influence on the choice of treatment, so they may be aware of how Sane is progressing. It wouldn’t be the first time the Spaniard has underestimated the time needed to recover from an injury.

On the subject of further winter transfers, Brazzo was tight-lipped, unwilling to say anything about potential signings or even loan deals. Suspiciously, he affirmed that there were no disagreements between him and the coach, but then went on to disagree with the coach anyway.

Do you see the season goals at risk if no new player arrives? Salihamidzic: “No!”

This is despite Flick saying the exact opposite. Hopefully, this isn’t a sign of things to come. Bild reporter Altschäffl claims that the current trend is that a single player will surely join, and maybe even two, but we have no way of knowing what’s being discussed behind the scenes. Brazzo’s tight-lipped attitude doesn’t inspire much confidence.