30 June 2020 20:31
Bayern Munich have agreed to buy the Manchester City winger Leroy Sané for about €45m (£40.9m) plus add-ons. The 24-year-old Germany international will sign a five-year deal with the Bundesliga champions. Sané has wanted to return to Germany for some time and is due to travel to Munich for a medical. Assuming all goes well he will not return to City even though he cannot play for Bayern until next season. City, who are understood to have a 10% sell-on clause, will consider this a good piece of business given Sané had a year left on his contract, recently refused to sign a new deal and Bayern had hoped to pay closer to £30m.
With Phil Foden, Riyad Mahrez and Bernardo Silva at the club, there is no apparent need to sign a replacement, but Pep Guardiola emphasised recently he had wanted Sané to agree an extension. Sané, who is in line for a sizeable wage increase, joined City from Schalke in 2016 and has won two Premier League titles, one FA Cup and two League Cups. He has made 135 appearances for the club, scoring 39 goals, but has missed almost all of this season because of injury. He suffered a torn ACL in the Community Shield against Liverpool in August of last year and did not play again until the 5-0 win against Burnley on 22 June. Manchester City have agreed a deal to sell Leroy Sane to Bayern Munich, the PA news agency understands.
The deal would see them make a profit on Sane, after paying a fee for him themselves of around £37m. Sane has helped City win the Premier League twice, one FA Cup and two League Cups, and was named the PFA young player of the year for 2017-18. Pep Guardiola says he has "nothing against" Sane (Martin Rickett/PA) Leroy Sane will join Bayern Munich in a £55m deal (Picture: Getty) Manchester City are 'very pleased' with the £55m deal they have agreed with Bayern Munich for the sale of Leroy Sane, sources have told Metro.co.uk. The two clubs agreed an initial £44m fee for the Germany winger today, with Bayern set to pay an extra £11m in 'achievable' add-ons based on their success in the Bundesliga and Champions League. The 24-year-old will travel to Munich tonight to complete his medical and he's set to become one of the club's top earner on a weekly salary of around £275,000-a-week, as well as a £10m signing-on fee.
The club felt they were in a vulnerable position given Sane was running out of contract and returning from a long-term injury but they believe they have extracted a fair fee from the German giants. There was also a willingness from City's side to complete the deal before the transfer window opened because there's yet to be a 'market correction' in terms of player fees due to the coronavirus pandemic. Bayern also agreed to a 10% sell-on fee in the deal for Sane, who joined City from Schalke for £37m in 2016. The German giants had offered a significantly lower upfront fee but agreed to City's demand of £45m as talks progressed. Pep Guardiola is likely to use the cash to fund a move for a centre-back, though a new winger remains another priority. Leroy Sane's move from Manchester City to Bayern Munich has reportedly been agreed. The deal is understood to be worth 60million euros (£54.8m) – 49m euros up front plus 11m euros in add-ons. According to respected German outlet Bild, the City winger will join the Bundesliga champions on a five-year contract. Getty Images - Getty 2 Sane has missed almost all of the current campaign due to injury With the 24-year-old's current City deal due to expire in 2021, the club recently announced they would allow him to leave for the right offer at the end of the season. If at the end of the season two clubs agree he can leave, if not he will leave at the end of his contract," Guardiola said. "The club offered two or three times and he rejected it." The Germany international tore his anterior cruciate ligament in City's Community Shield win over Liverpool last August. Sane was heavily linked with a move to Bayern last summer – but his injury put an end to any hopes of an August transfer. This season aside, the forward has been a standout player for City over the last four years following his £37m switch from Schalke in 2016. In 90 Premier League appearances, Sane has bagged 25 goals and played a crucial role in two title-winning campaigns. Manchester City winger Leroy Sane is on the verge of joining Bayern Munich after the two clubs agreed a deal worth up to €60m (£54.8m). Bayern will pay an initial €49m (£44.7m) for Sané with another €11m (£10.1m) in add-ons, while City have also secured a 10 per cent sell-on clause. Sané is set to fly to Germany imminently and will be unavailable to City for the rest of the season, but he will only be able to play for Bayern next term. Pep Guardiola revealed earlier this month that Sané was set to leave City having rejected a new contract offer from the Etihad club, with no hopes of negotiations re-opening. Sané's existing contract was set to expire in the summer of 2021 and City were willing to let the winger enter the final year of his deal if Bayern failed to meet their asking price. City are understood to believe that the potential £54.8m represents value for money for a player of Sané's ability in the current transfer market, which has been significantly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. If Sané's add-ons are achieved at Bayern, City will earn a profit of approximately £17.8m on a player who joined from Schalke 04 for £37m in 2016. Sané had appeared to be nearing a move to Bayern last summer, only to suffer damaged cruciate ligaments in the Community Shield against Liverpool days before the close of the summer transfer window. It is understood that Sané will earn approximately £386,000-a-week at Bayern – a salary that City were unwilling to match given the number of other options available to Guardiola in the same position. Guardiola has suggested that replacing Sané will not be a priority for City during the next transfer window. "We have enough good players up front," he said earlier this month. "Most of them are in good healthy conditions - like Phil, Riyad [Mahrez], Gabriel, Raheem - they can play quite regularly for a long period of time, they are so stable in terms of injury situations."