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Sane trains in Bayern for the first time

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Leroy Sane got down to work at Bayern Munich on Monday after reporting for his first training session a week before the bulk of the squad returns from holiday.

The 24-year-old Germany winger signed a five-year contract with Bayern last week after moving from Manchester City for a reported 50 million euros ($56 million).

With the Bayern squad currently on a two-week holiday after winning the domestic double and full training due to resume next week, Sane worked out on Monday alongside defender Niklas Suele.

Both Suele and Sane are rebuilding lost fitness after being sidelined for months by knee ligament injuries.

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“A good first training session,” Sane wrote on his Instagram account after being put through his paces by Bayern’s fitness coach.

“It was very good to be back on the pitch and to have my first session. I am overjoyed to be here,” he added on the club’s website.

The winger has played precious little football since tearing his knee ligament in Man City’s Community Shield win over Liverpool last August.

Bayern will start training next Monday for their assault on next month’s Champions League finals, for which Sane is ineligible.

They host Chelsea at Munich’s Allianz Arena on August 8 in the second leg of their last 16 tie having already beaten Frank Lampard’s side 3-0 in London in February.

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Sane takes Coutinho’s number 10 shirt

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Philippe Coutinho has not left Bayern Munich yet but has seen his squad number given to new signing Leroy Sane.

Leroy Sané will wear the number 10 shirt belonging to Philippe Coutinho when he plays for Bayern Munich next season.

Bayern completed the signing of Sané from Manchester City in a deal worth €60million on Friday, the Germany international putting pen to paper on a five-year contract.

When he is eligible to feature in 2020-21, Sané will occupy the number worn by Coutinho during his season-long loan from Barcelona.

Waiting on number 10
However, while advertising replica ‘Sane 10’ shirts for sale in their official club store, Bayern said: “Out of respect for Philippe Coutinho, who is the current number 10 and could play in the upcoming DFB-Pokal final in Berlin and any games in the Champions League in August, Sané decided not to use the number in his photos on Thursday.”

The decision appears to suggest Coutinho is unlikely to remain at Bayern for the long term.

The Brazil international has been linked with a host of clubs across Europe after the Bundesliga champions let their option to sign him permanently expire.

Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has not ruled out moving again for Coutinho entirely, saying: “We’ll see if he still has a role to play with us or not.”

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Guardiola confirms Sane will leave Mancity

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Sane has officially told Manchester City he wants to leave the club this summer.

The winger has rejected numerous offers of a new contract at the Etihad Stadium and those negotiations have reached a standstill.

Sane will depart for Bayern Munich this summer if the two clubs can agree a fee – but City have maintained they will not be bullied.

The Premier League champions will allow the 24-year-old to run down his contract until next June if Bayern do not lodge an offer deemed acceptable.

‘Leroy has said he doesn’t want to extend the contract,’ Pep Guardiola said. ‘It means he’s going to leave, It’s going to happen this summer or at the end of the contract.

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‘We offered two or three times and he rejected so he’s going to play for another club. Leroy rejected to extend and everybody knows that. If at the end of this season we agree between the two clubs he will leave.

‘I’m disappointed. We want him. He’s a young player with incredible potential. It’s difficult to find them.

‘We tried before the injury, after the surgery, but he has other ambitions. We want players who are fully committed.

‘We respect him, he’s an incredibly nice guy. I love him. He’s so well educated, has a nice family. He wants another adventure for his career.’

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Shirt Number 10? Bayern Tries new trick to sign Sané


Bayern Munich are set to offer Manchester City star Leroy Sane the coveted number 10 shirt as they continue their pursuit of the winger.

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The Bundesliga champions have been long admirers of the City winger, who has been linked with a move away for the past 12 months. Bayern have made offers in the past for Sane, however, City have rejected them as they have tried to persuade the German to stay at the Etihad.

In the latest twist in the tale, Bayern are now offering Sane their number ten shirt as part of the deal to lure him back to the Bundesliga, according to Bild.

The number 10 shirt is currently worn by Philippe Coutinho, who is on loan from Barcelona. The Brazilian has had a respectable stint with the German club, but there is little interest to make his move permanent from Bayern.

The infamous shirt has been worn by legends of the past, such as Brian Laudrup, Lothar Mathaus and, most recently, Arjen Robben – who donned the shirt through some of Bayern’s most glorious years in recent decades.

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Sane has always worn the number 19 since his rise into senior football for Schalke as well as Manchester City and the German national team.

The offer is the latest in a long saga between City and Bayern as the 24-year-old enters the final year of his contract with the Premier League club.

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Recent reports suggested that City would be willing to let Sane leave this summer, in order to get a price for him sooner rather than letting him run down his contract and leave for free.

The winger has not signed an extension after months of haggling with the club, in which many believe being a move to buy time to force a move away.


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Aogo warns Sane against making Bayern move.


Leroy Sane is too “sensitive” to move to Bayern Munich and could struggle with the weight of expectation at Germany’s biggest club, according to his former teammate Dennis Aogo.
Manchester City forward Sane has long been linked with a return to Bundesliga and his agent recently confirmed that he has been in transfer talks with Bayern. It would be the first time Sane has played in German league football since he moved from Schalke to Manchester City for £45 million ($56m) in August 2016.

Full-back Aogo was a teammate of Sane’s at Schalke between 2013 and his departure for the Premier League, and says that while he admires the Germany international as a player, he does not know whether he is strong enough mentally to handle the pressure that comes with playing for Bayern.

Speaking exclusively to Goal and Spox, Aogo said: “I think it would be awesome for the league [if Sane would return to Bundesliga] because he’s a spectacle. However, I do not know whether a move to Bayern would be right for Leroy.

“The package of expectations and transfer fee could have an impact on him. He is a fine guy, but I also got to know him as a sensitive character. He may have evolved in this regard, but this backpack could also become too heavy after such a serious injury.”

Sane has been linked with a move to Allianz Arena for well over a year, but any plans he might have had for his future have been delayed due to a cruciate knee ligament injury.

The 24-year-old underwent surgery on the issue after limping off the pitch during City’s Community Shield victory over Liverpool back in August, and has not featured for the club since.

The Germany international was approaching a comeback at the start of March after coming through an extensive rehabilitation programme, before the coronavirus outbreak called a temporary halt to the 2019-20 season.

Sane only has one year left to run on his current deal at the Etihad Stadium, and fresh rumours of a potential switch to Bayern have started to swirl ahead of the summer transfer window.PSX_20200424_071425

His agent Damir Smoljan said last week: “Together with him, we talk with Manchester City about what the next step could look like. The interest of Bayern Munich is no secret. But other absolute top clubs also contacted us about Leroy.

“Bayern is the only club in Germany that Leroy can imagine as the next step in his career. He sees there the requirements for achieving his big goal of winning the Champions League.”


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Bayern ready to offer around £70m for signing Sane? ‘No true’


NobleSports reports Bayern are ready to offer around £70million for Sane, But famous Bundesliga journalist Christian Falk reveals on his twitter that that is fake news.

Leroy Sane is moving closer to a Manchester City exit this summer and a dream move to Bayern Munich.


According to NobleSports, Bayern are ready to offer around £70million (€80m) for Sané – half of what City were willing to accept for the 24-year-old last summer before he was injured.

But Sport Bild journalist Christian Falk said that it is no true: “The Board of Bayern has not yet decided on a new possible fee for Sane. Bayern hopes to pay less than 70 million Euros because of the changed transfer-market in Corona-Times.”


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Leroy Sane’s new agent hints at Bayern Munich move from Manchester City to win Champions League


Bayern Munich have been given a major boost in their pursuit of Leroy Sane following comments from his new agent that they have the ‘prerequisites to win the Champions League’.

The Manchester City winger has been Bayern’s primary target since last summer with the the German giants even going on record expressing their desire to sign him.


Any attempt to buy the Germany international was halted when he tore his anterior cruciate ligament in the Community Shield against Liverpool on August 4, 2019.

However, now back fit and under a new agency it appears that Sane is open to a move to the Allianz Arena as he seeks to win the Champions League.


‘FC Bayern is the only club in Germany that Leroy can imagine as the next step in his career,’ his new agent Damir Smoljan told Bild.

‘There he sees the prerequisites for achieving his big goal of winning the Champions League.’


Five-time European Cup winners Bayern are still in this season’s Champions League as are City. The pair looked on course to reach the quarter-finals before the campaign was halted indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Sane could still achieve his Champions League goal at City but Smoljan has warned the reigning Premier League champions that it’s not just Bayern who would like to sign his client.


‘Together with him [Sane], we exchange ideas with Manchester City about what the next step could look like,’ he continued.

‘The basic interest of FC Bayern is no secret. But other absolute top clubs across Europe have already contacted us about Leroy. ‘


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Rummenigge believes it can only cost €30m to €50m to bring Sane to Bayern


Bayern Munich may be able to sign Manchester City star Leroy Sane for a fee within the region of €50 million (£55m/$44m) when the transfer window reopens, according to Michael Rummenigge.

Sane has been out of action since City’s Community Shield victory over Liverpool back in August, after limping off the pitch with a serious knee injury.


The Germany international was forced to undergo surgery on the issue, and has thus missed the entire 2019-20 campaign to date, leading to plenty of speculation over his future.

The 24-year-old only has one more year left to run on his existing deal at Etihad Stadium, with no fresh contract offer on the table as of yet, amid constant rumours linking him with a move to Bayern.


The Bundesliga champions have reportedly been interested in signing Sane for over a year, but were reluctant to meet City’s original €100 million (£88m/$109m) valuation.

Michael Rummenigge – brother of Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz – believes the winger could be available for a significantly lower price later in the year after spending so long away from the pitch.


The ex-Bayern midfielder wrote in his latest Sports Buzzer column: “Bayern would have bought him for 100 to 120 million before the cruciate ligament rupture, but an obligation could now be significantly cheaper and maybe only cost 30 to 50 million.”

Sane was closing in on a return to action before the season was called to a temporary halt by the coronavirus pandemic, and had gained some much needed minutes with City’s reserves.


Pep Guardiola had hinted that he was ready to welcome a prized asset back into his squad for the Premier League clash against Arsenal at the Etihad on March 11, but the fixture was postponed.

With it not yet known when it will be safe for football to resume, Sane will continue his rehabilitation in the comfort of his own home as he joins his team-mates in a period of enforced self-isolation.


He delivered an update on his progress earlier this week, admitting that he was frustrated to see the campaign postponed just as he was starting to approach full-fitness again.

“I was on the verge of making my comeback; I had been working towards that for many months,” Sane told the DFB’s official website. “Nevertheless, I can still continue to do that and I know that there are much worse things. For example, being exposed to the virus.


“Now we can only wait for the situation to relax again. We all have to trust the experts and stay patient. So I’m preparing myself every day for an unknown date.”


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5 Players Bayern might sign by January.


The reigning Bundesliga champions go into the winter break in an entirely unfamiliar position, sitting a lowly third in the table, four points behind league leaders RB Leipzig.

The seven-time-consecutive champions have endured a half-season of highs and lows – recording their second-largest away win in Champions League history under the guidance of a manager who would lose his job five weeks later.

Sporting director Hasan Salihamidžić has suggested that it is unlikely to be a transfer window of major activity, but given the ferocity of the competition, and Bayern’s current position, it seems that the Bavarian giants may not be able to sit idly by as their title rivals splash the cash.

So, here’s who they should be looking to bring in if they want to make it eight in a row.


Malang Sarr (Centre-Back)

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Bayern Munich have the sixth-best defensive record in the Bundesliga this season, which, by their lofty standards, is tantamount to sixth-worst. Bayern have conceded two or more goals in seven league games already this season. To put that in perspective, they only let in two or more goals a grand total of six times in the entirety of the last campaign.

Whilst the additions of Lucas Hernandez and Benjamin Pavard in the summer were made to prevent these deficiencies, the fitness of the former and performance of the latter have highlighted the need for defensive reinforcements.

Malang Sarr could be the answer to these defensive woes. The 21-year-old Nice centre-back is coming into his fourth season of regular football in a top league, with his consistent selection in the club’s third-place season of 2016/17 particularly impressive. With the alarming deuteriation of Jerome Boateng, Sarr’s arrival cannot be soon enough.


Samuel Chukwueze (Right Wing)

Samuel Chukwueze
If the German behemoths were to take an educated risk on Samuel Chukwueze, the comparisons with Arjen Robben would never end and undoubtedly pile unwanted pressure on the young man’s shoulders. However, he hasn’t signed yet so let’s point out the similarities now.

The Nigerian right winger heavily favours his left foot and does anything he can to work the ball on his favoured side to get a shot off. When the electric 20-year-old is on form, he makes for unmissable TV but – at this early age – remains somewhat inconsistent.

The fleet-footed forward hardly ever drives to the byline to deliver a cross but maybe the sight of Robert Lewandowski with his arms aloft, as opposed to Karl Toko-Ekambi, will encourage the Villarreal starlet to release the ball.


Niklas Stark (Centre-Back)

Niklas Stark
Niklas Stark has been a long term target for Bayern Munich and the German champions often favour shopping locally to not only improve their team, but weaken opponents.

The 24-year-old German could be the long-term successor to Javi Martinez, with his ability to play in central defence and midfield. Stark is commanding in the air, possesses a no-nonsense approach to tackles, has great distribution and intelligent positioning — qualities that would make him a worthy inclusion to the Bayern squad.


Leroy Sané (Left Wing)

Leroy Sane
Leroy Sané’s stock has only risen with every point Manchester City have dropped. The dynamic winger tore his ACL in the Community Shield which scuppered any hopes of deal being done between the clubs in the summer.

Sané’s injury was severe and the 23-year-old is yet to train with his teammates, but it was reported that the German international could make a return as soon as next month.

Should Sané be fit as soon as January, along with the chequered injury history of Bayern’s current left winger, Kingsley Coman, it would be a no-brainer for Bayern to snap up Manchester City’s man.


Unai Núñez (Centre-Back)

Unai Nunez
The 22-year-old Unai Núñez plays as a centre back for Athletic Club in Spain, with his quality drawing interest from top sides across Europe. Robust in defence, strong in the air, confident on the ball, and possessing good passing ability, he ticks most, if not all, of the requirements to excel in central defence.

Despite all this, the defender has only featured in a third of Athletic Club’s league fixtures this season, so persuading him to swap Bilbao for Bavaria may not prove too difficult.


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Man City Considering Gabriel Jesus sale.


Manchester City are considering parting ways with striker Gabriel Jesus in the summer to raise money for a squad overhaul.

The 22-year-old has managed 56 goals in 124 appearances for the club, but has struggled greatly to displace Sergio Agüero in the starting lineup at the Etihad Stadium. As a result, rumours of a potential move away from the club have never been hard to find.


Pep Guardiola,Gabriel Jesus
As noted by The Athletic, manager Pep Guardiola has long had his doubts over whether Jesus has what it takes to make it as City’s first-choice striker, and the Brazilian could be moved on in the summer if the right bid comes along.

In early 2019, City began searching for a new high-profile striker to compete with Agüero, and they were prepared to finance that deal by selling Jesus to the highest bidder. That obviously did not happen, but City are understood to be considering something similar now.


Given the Cityzens’ hugely disappointing season so far, they are aware that their squad could do with an overhaul in the summer. Several of their stars are ageing or on expiring deals, so City could look to recruit a number of players by parting ways with Jesus.

Leroy Sane,Gabriel Jesus
Both he and Leroy Sané are seen as likely departures as the two players will be able to raise a considerable amount of money, which could then be used to rejuvenate the squad.

Bayern Munich are thought to be keen on both, but they would likely only want to sign one, given the enormous cost of both deals.


There would likely be plenty of interest in Jesus, who is still seen as one of the most exciting young strikers around. He as a fantastic goalscoring record considering he has often been stuck behind Agüero in the pecking order at the Etihad.


Gabriel Jesus

However, City’s need to overhaul the squad is clear. They have fallen 14 points behind Liverpool, who have a game in hand as well, and there is no guarantee that City will even be able to finish second.

If they want money, selling Jesus certainly makes sense. It will likely come down to whether City can find a suitable replacement, or whether Jesus himself decides he is done waiting for first-team opportunities.


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