Man City need Leroy Sane help in Bayern Munich transfer chase – Simon Bajkowski
Another day, another back-and-forth with Bayern Munich over Leroy Sane .
Not an official bid or anything like that of course, just more noise from the Bavarian bosses trying to unsettle the German winger as chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, having said that they will only contact Manchester City when the player tells them he wants to leave, responded to Pep Guardiola‘s confirmation of no talks by suggesting his former coach didn’t know everything that was going on.
Unless something drastically changes at City, they are going to have to put up with this constant prodding until the end of the transfer window. The club do not usually hit back in such a manner, while Guardiola will not want to sink to that level by attacking his old employers. His comment the other day that Bayern like to talk a lot will likely be the strongest criticism, and even that was parroting the question he was asked.
There is nothing necessarily wrong with that stance but it will not deter the Bundesliga behemoth, leaving the Blues to take the annoyance of the speculation – unless Sane steps in.
Guardiola could have been more positive about the player in Nanjing when he lumped all the responsibility on his shoulders by saying unhappy stars should leave, then comparisons with Jadon Sancho a few days later set further alarm bells ringing.
It is true, though.
Both clubs can talk about it every day but it all comes down to Sane.
The 23-year-old can silence Bayern once and for all by declaring that he is not interested in joining them. Equally, he can shift the conversation by revealing that he wants to move. He has his own platform to do it, or there are several journalists on the pre-season tour waiting to grab a word to get the message out there.
That is not to say that a decision has or should be finalised, nor that he is obliged to help City out. Something is clearly not right for negotiations over a new contract to have dragged for so long and for the German to feature so rarely as the team pushed for four trophies in spring.
However, even if there is no breakthrough on the contract it would still count as a big win for the Blues to end speculation over a player that has so much potential and something that would surely improve the player’s standing at the club.
What Sane says or doesn’t say in the next days and weeks will be important, but from City’s point of view the sooner the better.