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Report: Bayern move in jeopardy as Sane injury may involve ACL

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That injury Leroy Sane suffered over the weekend is going to cost money, time, and perhaps a half-season.

The Manchester City man limped heavily off the field in a Community Shield defeat of Liverpool, immediately inspiring questions about a rumored move to Bayern Munich which would see City earns nine figures, Sane earn over $400,000 a week, and Bayern double down on favorite status in the Bundesliga.

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But intrepid reporter Sam Lee of The Athletic says that Sane likely needs surgery to correct an ACL problem which could be a partial or full tear, and that Bayern would be buying a damaged player and investing a heck of a lot of money into him.

From The Athletic:

He’ll have more tests tomorrow but surgery is regarded as a likely option at the moment. Reports of fluid on his knee delaying full diagnosis could be true.

Remember that Bayern does have time to see how the surgery plays out, perhaps, as the Bundesliga transfer window has more time to run after the Premier League’s open season closes on Thursday evening.

On the flip side, will Pep Guardiola buy another winger on the sheer possibility that Sane’s absence will be lengthy.

Manchester City wins Community Shield

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It took penalty kicks to separate Liverpool and Manchester City in a wasteful but entertaining Community Shield on Sunday at Wembley Stadium.

Claudio Bravo‘s second round stop of Georginio Wijnaldum met perfect finishing from the reigning domestic treble champions after a 1-1 score line over 90 minutes.

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The Reds were dominant in the second half, but only found one goal before penalties.

Sterling tucked a delightful David Silva flick under Alisson Becker in the first half, but Joel Matip nodded a late equalizer past Bravo in the second half.

Leroy Sane limped off after just 11 minutes with an injury which could jeopardize a nine-figure deal to Bayern Munich.

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Sane lashed into the side netting after Raheem Sterling picked the pocket of an unaware Joe Gomez in the fourth minute.

At the other end, Roberto Firmino juggled to set up a left-footed lash right to Claudio Bravo.

The Reds probably should’ve been up when Firmino slipped Mohamed Salah into the box, but the Egyptian couldn’t turn his shot near the goal.

Sterling could, however, side-footing a flick from David Silva under Alisson Becker, who would’ve liked to have done better.

Salah looked for a quick response, cooking Oleksandr Zinchenko on the right before missing the near post again.

Kevin De Bruyne was also very much in preseason form in terms of finishing, and his scuffed shot turned into a Sterling chance which Alisson did well to save.

Sterling then beat the Liverpool line and Alisson only to hit the far post in the 48th minute.

The Reds were all over City in the early second half, and Liverpool fans were hoping the Goal Decision System would tell them Virgil Van Dijk leveled off a corner kick to no avail.

Salah then hit the post after Sterling partially blocked a Trent Alexander-Arnold free kick.

Sterling should’ve made it 2-0 again, but the relatively wasteful forward dribbled directly into Alisson.

If Salah, Sterling, and De Bruyne were in peak finishing form, this could’ve easily been a 4-3 match, with the last name scuffing a low shot to Alisson in the 73rd.

Van Dijk kept a rally alive to set up Matip for a headed equalizer in the final 15 minutes.

Bravo made a fine save on Naby Keita in the 83rd minute.

Salah’s umpteenth chance of the game could’ve decided it in stoppage time, but Walker made an incredible goal line clearance and the ensuing corner was poorly served above the fray.

Man City’s Leroy Sane limps off Wembley pitch

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Leroy Sane’s 2019-20 debut for Manchester City lasted less than a dozen minutes.

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The German star and Bayern Munich transfer target subbed off with an apparently right leg injury, limping heavily as Gabriel Jesus readied on the touch line.

Sane has proven durable during his time at City, making 133 appearances over the last three seasons since arriving from Schalke.

He’s also failed to agree to a new contract with City, much to Pep Guardiola’s chagrin, and has been linked with some big money moves back home to Germany.

Reports said Sane will make $17 million per year if a rumored $111 million deal happens with the German champions.

City has taken an early 1-0 lead through Raheem Sterling.

Transfer rumor roundup: City’s Sane demands; Spurs’ backup plan

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A roundup of Thursday’s biggest transfer rumors from around the world, including those involving a few Premier League clubs…

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Bayern Munich’s pursuit of Leroy Sane has been unrelenting this summer, but Manchester City’s demands are high — sky high — and that might just be the deterrent required to keep hold of the 23-year-old. According to the Telegraph, Man City have put a $166-million price tag on the German winger. It might be time for Bayern to begin looking at backup options.


Bruno Fernandes has been one of the most frequently linked players to Manchester United, but a move is yet to materialize this summer and now Tottenham Hotspur might be sneaking through the backdoor and making their play for the 24-year-old Portuguese midfielder. Tottenham’s pursuit of Giovani Lo Celso is yet to land the Argentine at White Hart Lane, thus Daniel Levy is apparently moving to a backup plan of his own. Spurs reportedly made a bid of $63 million, but Sporting CP are said to be holding out for the Fernandes’ full $107-million release clause.


Man City’s pursuit of a new starting right back is ongoing, with Juventus’ Joao Cancelo still the no. 1 choice. According to the Guardian, City are willing to include Danilo as a makeweight in the exchange.


And finally, today’s Harry Maguire update: he has been left out of Leicester’s squad for a friendly against Atalanta, but Manchester United’s current bid still stands about $12 million short of what Leicester would like.

Kovac: ‘We are confident’ Bayern can sign Sane

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Bayern Munich has officially acquired three players this offseason, including a pair of defenders, but a certain Manchester City winger would be the star Bayern is looking for.

After weeks of publicly admitting that Bayern is trying to sign Leroy Sane, in an interview with German TV station ZDF, Bayern coach Niko Kovac said that he and the club were confident they’d sign Sane this summer.

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“Bayern wants to sign a high-caliber (player),” Kovach said. “We want Leroy. He is a great footballer, he has already proven in England and the national team. Our club and the club management are very committed. It is not easy, otherwise it would already be through. But I am very confident and I expect that we can get him.”

With Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery gone – along with James Rodriguez, Bayern is in big need of a speedy, dynamic and talented attacking midfielder, and Leroy Sane fits the bill. German National Team manager Joachim Low admitted that his aging side was missing a player like Sane in the squad during the disastrous 2018 World Cup in Russia – even though he had struggled for the national team in the past – and Sane’s continued to perform above and beyond for Manchester City.

Man City has thus far rebuffed the public speculation and pressure from Bayern for Sane’s departure, but everyone has a price and one wonders what Man City would do if they decide it’s best for Sane to move on.

With two weeks left in the Premier League’s summer transfer window, though, there’s not a lot of time for Man City to move into action to add a player if Sane departs. Of course, Man City has plenty of depth in those positions. Oleksandr Zinchenko can step in on the left side and there’s still Riyad Mahrez, Bernardo Silva and Raheem Sterling able to play out wide. However, with Man City competing on four fronts again this season, it will want some more depth in the squad.