Leroy Sane set to swap Manchester City for Bayern Munich.
Leroy Sane’s fate has been sealed as Bayern Munich have reached an agreement with Manchester City for the German winger. According to The Guardian, Bayern will pay City about €45 million with add-ons that could bring the deal closer to €60 million. City also retain a 10% sell-on clause.
Instead of a drawn out transfer saga between the two clubs, a deal was reached rather quickly after Pep Guardiola revealed that Sane had rejected multiple offers from City and than an exit was an inevitability.
Sane had one year left on his deal and it was unlikely that City would let him leave on a free and considering that Bayern were hoping to get him for a much smaller fee, City can take some solace that they’re getting a decent amount for him.
Still, for a club the size of City, losing someone as talented as Sane is never a good thing and it’s evident Guardiola would have liked him to stay.
With regards to Sane, ahead of the Liverpool match, Pep said,
“He will have another chapter in a fantastic club like Bayern Munich.”
“He wanted to leave. Everyone has their own life and he decided to move on. I would have loved for him to stay but he believed he would be better and happier there.”
Sane was one of the first big signings of the Guardiola era when became City manager. He was signed back in 2016 from Schalke 04 and has spent five seasons at the club. He quickly became an important part of the team but has spent much of this season out due to a torn ACL in August of last year in the Community Shield match against Liverpool.
The stoppage allowed him to recover and recently made his first appearance since his injury on June 22 against Burnley. With his signing, Bayern only get stronger which is hard to fathom considering they just won their eighth straight Bundesliga title.
Whether City’s pending Champions League ban had any influence on his decision to leave is unknown. In any case, City’s loss is Bayern’s gain.