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Report: Bayern Munich reconsidering Timo Werner as doubts about Leroy Sané mount

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Bayern Munich, according to kicker, is increasingly skeptical whether Leroy Sané has the right club mentality, while Timo Werner is potentially back under consideration.

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Bayern Munich’s executives seem to be growing weary Leroy Sané’s lack of commitment to a transfer. According to a new report by kicker, Sané’s decision to renegotiate personal terms with Bayern yet again after changing agents has made the bosses at Säbener Strasse “apprehensive and skeptical.” Kicker described the dilemma in pointed terms for the typically sober magazine:

Doubts about the mentality of this definitely talented attacker are growing ever louder at Säbener Strasse. The bosses in Munich want to see inner values in particular, and above all character, as a crucial mental condition for new signees: absolute identification with the club instead of money-driven mercenary service, total readiness for teamwork and specific footballing ambitions instead of ego-centric stardom.

The influence of Bayern icon Oliver Kahn may already be making itself felt. Kahn has taken a more prominent role in transfer negotiations since officially joining the executive board this past January. In addition to Sané’s character, his high wages would also limit Bayern’s options even if the club could acquire him from Manchester City at far less than the €100 million they were prepared to pay last year.

The tide at Bayern may be turning for Timo Werner, in contrast: the club decided against him last year, when then-coach Niko Kovac and Hasan Salihamidzic opposed signing him. Now Werner has a fan in Hansi Flick. He moreover can be signed at a reasonable transfer fee — a fixed release clause estimated in the range of €50-60 million — and there are none of the reservations about his character that have dogged Sané.

While Sané has spent the better part of the past season recovering from an ACL tear, Werner enjoyed a career year at RB Leipzig, rivaling Robert Lewandowski himself with 21 goals and 8 assists.