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.
“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.