A long wait
It was on May 14, 2019, that Bavarian Football Works first started to report on Bayern Munich starting transfer talks with Leroy Sané. After rumors with disagreement with Pep Guardiola, there were reports that the former Schalke 04 player had gotten permission to speak with the Bavarian giants.
After months of back and forth that epitomized the ‘Silly Season’ name, it looked like at the beginning of August 2019 that Leroy Sané would join Bayern Munich. Despite this, Manchester City and Pep still surprisingly named Sané in the FA Community Shield final – a sole cup-game that could only be described as a glorified friendly.
After only 10 minutes. Sané was substituted with a torn ACL. Sané was only able to play eleven minutes of Premier League football in 2019/20 before officially becoming a Bayern Munich player.
The price tag has been reported being around an initial €45 million, which would be less than half of what was reported in August 2019. This fee may have had lowered the expectations from Leroy Sane, but hardly the excitement.
The Leroy Sané Transfer Saga will be one that will go down as the longest in history and one with the most Hollywood-esque twists. It will just be exciting and fascinating to examine how Sané will deal with a yearlong hype.
Expectations will be ruthlessly high although not as high if Sane would have transferred in August 2019. His injury has given him room to breathe a bit – as I believe many fans will take his lack of playing time into account when first evaluating the signing. It will be fascinating to witness is whether Sané can bounce back after missing a whole season
If he can, Bayern will yet again claim a real ‘transfer-bargain’.
Because Sané before the 2019/20 FA Community Shield final was one of Europe’s most exciting new winger. He scored 20 goals, assisting 25 in his last two full seasons in the Premier League. For a man who turned 23 in January 2019, that is extremely impressive. Premier League, as much as I hate saying it, is by far the most competitive league in the world. Every team has players of high quality and the overall strength of the league was epitomized 2018/19 when four out of four European Cup finalists were English.
A potential new German X-factor back in the Bundesliga once more is another exciting sentence. Leroy Sané was born in Essen, in the heartland of the Ruhr district. His parents are international Senegalese footballer called Souleyman Sané and German Olympic gymnast Regina Weber. He spent his first nine years in SG Wattenscheid’s youth team, the team where his father played when he met his mother. Sané, growing up in Germany and watching his father play in the same league as Bayern, will know what it means to be a Bayern player.
Sané has of course frequently played with many of his teammates before joining them at Säbener Strasse. Players such as Manuel Neuer, Jérôme Boateng, Joshua Kimmich, Niklas Süle, Leon Goretzka, Serge Gnabry, and Thomas Müller knows him well from the German National Team. More importantly, all of them know what it is like to play on the pitch for the same team.
This has been the most discussed, anticipated, and desired Bayern signing of this decade.
I, for one, can’t wait to see Bayern’s new number 10.