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Man City: Sane rejects new contract, will leave club

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Man City have confirmed that Leroy Sane has rejected the offer of a new contract and will leave the club this summer if an acceptable offer arrives.

Sane, 24, has been out since August with a ruptured ACL and is finally back to full fitness but has just one year left on his current contract.

Speaking ahead of Man City v Burnley (Start time, 3pm ET, Monday, watch live on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com), Guardiola confirmed Leroy Sane will leave if the correct transfer offer is made as he will not sign a new contract.

“Leroy said he doesn’t want to extend the contract so it means he wants to leave and it is going to happen this summer or when he is out of contract,” Guardiola said. “The club have talked to me, they’ve offered two or three times to extend his contract, he rejected so it means he wants to play in another club. If at the end of this season we arrive at an agreement with another club, he is going to leave. If not he will stay one more year and leave when out of contract.”

So, that is that then.

Bayern Munich have long been linked with Sane but Man City wanted their German international winger to stay. Now it is clear he won’t, they will surely accept an offer of $35-40 million this summer and move on.

Look, it’s not like Man City don’t have a wealth of attacking options, especially out wide.

Sane has come up with some big goals at big moments and despite his positioning sometimes infuriating Guardiola, he has largely delivered for Man City since his arrival from Schalke in 2016. He has won two Premier League titles, two League Cups and an FA Cup and now he could be a valuable option off the bench as Man City try and win the Champions League in the mini-tournament in Lisbon in August.

With Raheem Sterling, Riyad Mahrez, Bernardo Silva, Gabriel Jesus, Sergio Aguero and Phil Foden around, Man City are pretty set for attackers and now it is all about making Bayern come up with the cash they want this summer.

Bayern have some quality wide players too with Kingsley Coman, Serge Gnabry and Ivan Perisic rotating but they have been long-time admirers of Sane and saw him as the perfect replacement for Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery who both retired last summer.

It seems like Sane is certain to head home to Germany.

Transfer news: Werner to Chelsea; Jade-Jones to Liverpool

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In the latest transfer news Chelsea are said to be closing in on Timo Werner, while Man United and Liverpool have been tracking youngster Ricky Jade-Jones.

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First up, Bild say Chelsea are now the favorites to sign Timo Werner and he could sign for the Blues next week as they will meet his $62 million release clause which expires on June 15. Reports state that Liverpool want Werner but he has chosen to sign for Chelsea instead. This is a massive boost for Chelsea.

Werner, 24, has dazzled at RB Leipzig this season (31 goals and 12 assists in 40 games in all competitions) and is widely expected to leave with Liverpool, Man United and many others clubs across Europe chasing his signature with his release clause relatively low. Per a previous report, Chelsea have center back Antonio Rudiger working hard to convince his close friend, and former Stuttgart teammate, Werner that west London is the place for him.

Chelsea are one of the few clubs who have a healthy transfer budget as they had a transfer ban for a whole year and Frank Lampard has just spent $44 million on one new signing so far, bringing in Hakim Ziyech who will not arrive until later this summer.

Werner is exactly what Chelsea need. They have created so many golden goalscoring opportunities and although Tammy Abraham was putting them away at the start of the season, his form and fitness was a concern in the last few months before the suspension. Chelsea have created 361 chances this season, which is the second-most in the Premier League, behind only Man City (421). That is staggering and if they had a poacher like Werner around, they’d surely be challenging for the title.

Olivier Giroud is their only other forward option and Werner would be perfect to finish off the chances this attack-minded Chelsea team create. Even better for him, he would actually play at Chelsea which may not be the case at Liverpool and Man United given their stacked attacking lineups.

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Switching to Man United and Liverpool, they have both been linked with a move for Peterborough forward Ricky Jade-Jones.

The 17-year-old has been dubbed ‘the next Jamie Vardy’ and our partners at Sky Sports in the UK state that the two Premier League giants, plus Arsenal, are keen on the League One striker.

In recent years Liverpool have worked hard to scour Europe for the best young talents and Jade-Jones is said to have searing pace which has caused opposition defenses plenty of problems. That pace would work in the systems of both Liverpool and Man United and it will be intriguing to watch this situation play out.

Dynamo Dresden forced to isolate entire squad

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Dynamo Dresden have been forced to isolate their entire squad for the next two weeks after two players tested positive for the coronavirus, with both players showing no symptoms.

Germany were the first of Europe’s top five leagues to announce a return to action with the Bundesliga and 2. Bundesliga set to kick off on May 16.

These positive test results for Dynamo Dresden throw the restart in Germany’s second-tier into question, as both leagues were required to test players regularly and played games in empty stadiums amid strict protocols from the German government.

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The 2. Bundesliga side were due to return to action next Sunday, May 17 against Hannover but that game is now unlikely to happen due to the COVID-19 outbreak at Dynamo. The local authority in Saxony has ordered the quarantine.

“The fact is that we can neither train nor participate in a game in the next 14 days,” Dynamo Dresden sporting director Ralf Minge said in a statement. “In the past few weeks, we have made enormous efforts in terms of personnel and logistics in order to strictly implement all the prescribed medical and hygienic measures. We are in contact with the responsible health authority and the DFL to coordinate all further steps.”

Dynamo Dresden are currently bottom of the 2. Bundesliga (four points from safety with nine games to play) and they said one player tested positive for the coronavirus on May 3 and has been in quarantine since. The entire coaching staff, club officials and playing squad were then tested on May 4 and there were no positive results. The latest test results show that two players, who will remain anonymous, have tested positive.

Previously there were 10 positive tests out of over 1,700 tests for COVID-19 among German soccer, as training has been allowed for teams in Germany’s top two tiers over the last few weeks, with different rules across the 16 regions.

Teams around Germany will be looking at the situation at Dynamo Dresden closely as any more positive tests could push the restart date back further. 

Transfer rumor roundup: Sane, Koulibaly latest

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Bayern Munich’s desire to land German star Leroy Sane is nothing new, but reports that the Bundesliga powers had made in-roads to signing the Man City man starting emerging last month.

They piled up Tuesday evening and seem destined to party into a second-successive summer, as German reports claimed that Bayern had agreed personal terms with Sane and had sent a $43 million offer to City.

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The Manchester Evening News says that that fee is a non-starter for a player City would like to sign to a new deal. Furthermore, their report says City is content to let Sane play out the final year of his contract and leave for free than sell for a (relative) pittance this summer.

Sane was arguably the key piece to City’s 2017-18 title win. Though he was less influential last season and nearly left the club in August, he’s still one of the best attackers in the game.

The winger turned 24 in January and has double-digit goals and assists in each of his last two full Premier League campaigns. He followed up 10 goals and 15 assists in 2017-18 with 10 and 11 last season.

He also racked up four goals and four assists in the Champions League last season, torturing former club Schalke over two legs.

Sane was close to a return when the Premier League season paused for the coronavirus and his value won’t sink unless he’s injured again. And if he looks anything like himself… well… look out.

Bayern is clearly betting on the transfer market taking a hit, but City would have no reason to sell him if values are down for a year and would be smart to play the waiting game.


Newcastle United’s (expected) new owners are ready to splash major money to bring a Serie A monster to the Premier League.

These will be new frontiers for a club who had notoriously been stingy with transfers under current boss Mike Ashley.

Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly has been linked to Newcastle if a takeover goes through, his $90 million-plus price tag not too much for the new owners.

Koulibaly has been linked to Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur, and Manchester United since January. Would he eschew those clubs for nouveau riche Newcastle? And would the Magpies be served well splashing so much on a center back when they’re extremely deep at the position?

He has 10 goals and five assists in 233 career appearances for Napoli, and played every minute of the UCL group stage. Napoli went unbeaten, holding Liverpool to one goal over two matches, and is still alive after a 1-1 home draw with Barcelona.

Bundesliga to return in May

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The German Bundesliga will return in May as the 2019-20 season will resume.

That’s right. It’s actually happening.

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Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel and politicians from the 16 states across Germany have agreed the top two divisions can return with strict rules for training, testing players for COVID-19 and playing games behind closed doors.

The Bundesliga have been given the option on whether games will return on May 15 or May 22, with the latter date seeming the more likely.

This decision means that the Bundesliga is the first of Europe’s top five leagues to resume play amid the coronavirus pandemic. Over 150,000 have been infected with the coronavirus in Germany and there have been 6,300 deaths.

Clubs from across Germany’s top two tiers have been training for weeks and last week over 1700 tests were performed on players and staff at training grounds with 10 positive tests coming back.

CEO of the DFL, Christian Seifert, released the following statement after the government decision.

“Today’s decision is good news for the Bundesliga and 2. Bundesliga. Tied to it is a big responsibility for the clubs and their employees to implement the medical and organizational requirements. Games without spectators are not an ideal solution for anyone. In a crisis threatening the very existence of some clubs, however, it is the only way to ensure the continued existence of the leagues in their current form. On this day, I would like to thank the political decision-makers from the federal and state governments for their trust,” Seifert said.

Most of the Bundesliga clubs have nine matches left, with two having 10 to play following the mid-March suspension of the league due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Bayern Munich will kickstart their bid to defend its title from Borussia Dortmund (four points back), RB Leipzig (five points), and Borussia Monchengladbach.

The bottom of the table is less congested, though even last-place Paderborn has hope of at least reaching the relegation playoff spot.

With France’s Ligue 1 being called off for 2019-20 and the title awarded to Paris Saint-Germain due to the government banning sporting events until September 1, there is real hope in Spain and Italy that they can finish their respective seasons as teams in La Liga returned to individual training this week.

The Premier League is still waiting on the UK government to announce changes to its lockdown measures this Sunday and the league’s 20 clubs will then vote next Monday on ‘project restart’ with 14 votes needed to kick on with plans to complete the 2019-20 season.