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Sane seals move from Man City to Bayern Munich

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We already knew Manchester City’s going to look different next year with David Silva amongst those set to leave the Etihad Stadium, but we now have confirmation that a younger playmaker is following through on rumors he was headed out the door.

Bayern Munich announced the purchase of Leroy Sane on Saturday, one of the top architects of City’s incredible 2017-18 season going home the Bundesliga. Reports speculate that Bayern will pay around $56 million for Sane.

“Leroy has been part of one of the most special periods in this club’s history and he leaves with the best wishes of everyone here at Manchester City,” said Pep Guardiola.

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The rumors of Sane to Bayern extend well over a year, and the German champions are happy to get their man after reports the player turned down a City contract offer as recently as mid-June. There was an apology from the German powers to Man City after photos of the player taking a medical in Bayern kit were put online.

Make no mistake: Bayern badly wanted Sane.

“His speed, his technical quality and his scoring threat make him an absolute top player,” said future Bayern chairman Oliver Kahn. “He also fits very well into our team as a person and as a character.”

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.

Bayern has wanted Sane for some time, but the union might’ve become even more appealing to the playmaker when the German giants appointed Hansi Flick as manager.

From FCBayern.com:

“FC Bayern is a great club with big goals and these goals suit me as well. I’m looking forward to the new challenge and can’t wait to train with the team. I know Hansi Flick from the U21 national team, we had a very good relationship there. I want to win as many trophies as possible with FC Bayern, and the Champions League is the top priority.”

The Bavarians already have Champions League-winning quality and the idea of Serge Gnabry on one wing and Sane on the other is exciting.

As for City, it will be interesting to see what they do this summer presuming at least one year of ther two-year European ban is upheld.

The club will still be playing for the Premier League, FA Cup, and League Cup. They could also still be playing for the Community Shield and European Super Cup should they win the FA Cup and Champions League

So it’s not like they won’t need depth but do they rate some of their younger players and we don’t know who might ask to leave given the prospect of no UCL. We know Phil Foden is ready to take the next step, but who else will be coming through the door? Will in-prime players arrive to play for Pep without the prospect of the UCL for at least year? Or will it be older guys looking for a PL crown?

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.

Man City talks with Bayern, won’t budge on Sane fee

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Manchester City is reportedly holding firm on its valuation of influential winger Leroy Sane as talks between the clubs begin again, according to Sky Sports.

Bayern hasn’t upped the ante much if at all since last month’s reports that a $43 million bid headed to the Etihad Stadium for subsequent rejection.

Sane has missed most of this season with an ACL injury suffered during the Community Shield defeat of Liverpool in August.

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Schalke product 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.

Unless Sane falls all over himself when City returns to the pitch, Bayern’s going to be out of luck. Let’s say Timo Werner’s $62 million move to Chelsea is completed this summer.

Sane is two months younger than Werner and has seven pieces of silverware at City and a comparable amount of Germany caps (Werner has 29 to Sane’s 21).

With City players possibly leaving after the European ban, City may hold onto Sane if a suitable offer fails to arrive despite his contract expiring at the end of next season. It will be interesting to see if Guardiola asks for a player in return from his former club, too.

As for Bayern, Hansi Flick wants wide men for his attack and can’t play it coy, especially with reports that the club can afford but Sane and Kai Havertz this summer.

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.

Premier League social media wrap: Mings surprises NHS workers

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Marcus Rashford took to social media to share an emotional story and a generous donation, and many other Premier Leaguers were pretty busy on social media.

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Aston Villa center back Tyrone Mings might be an absolute monster on the pitch, but he’s got plenty of time and enthusiasm for helping out.

Mings had a conversation with a pair of England fans who are playing pivotal roles in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

The man who plays behind Mings at Villa Park is also trying to help.

Villa goalkeeper Pepe Reina is auctioning off a shirt he wore versus Spain at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Speaking of goalkeepers…

Okay, he’s not a goalkeeper. But maybe Roberto Firmino would make a pretty decent backstop.

Man City playmaker Leroy Sane was looking back at the good ol’ days.

The Schalke product clearly brought style to the futsal pitch and has been technique as a grade schooler than many of us have shown by adulthood.

Let’s close with more training, the theme of Wednesday’s social media wrap.

Leicester City’s Ricardo Pereira sure does like to get creative with both his weight training and pet relationship.