According to Sport Bild, Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich and Leroy Sane have come to an agreement for a five-year contract.
Though the transfer fee is yet to be agreed between Manchester City and Bayern Munich, with the Cityzens believed to be holding out in the range of £60m.
— Christian Falk (@cfbayern) May 6, 2020
The 24-year-old German winger has been impressive for the City so far but consistent injuries have hampered his progress under Pep Guardiola.
Last year in August, he suffered an ACL injury, sidelining him for the season. Bayern were ready to pay £80m last summer but they dealt with a blow as Sane was ruled out of the season.
Sane has been Bayern’s main target, ahead of Kai Havertz. Sport Bild claims that Bayern has made an opening bid of £35m, which is far less than what they were ready to pay last summer. This amount is also less than what Manchester City paid to Schalke for the winger.
There are high chances that Bayern will have to come back again with an improved offer. But the club’s chiefs are confident that they’ll snap him up for less than £60m as their personal agreement with Sane will help lower the price. Manchester City will also be forced to sell him at a steep discount due to the financial effect of COVID-19 crisis.
Former Bayern manager Jupp Heynckes believes that the decreased transfer fee is fair.
“For me, he has not yet made a breakthrough to becoming an absolute top player,” Heynckes said.
“I think this is a player at a crossroads. Will he keep working hard on himself or will he remain just as an exceptional talent?
“He has to be ready to take the next big step because there is no use in flashing the talent from time to time.
“I also honestly tell you that I don’t consider the price justifiable.”