Bayern Munich have stated their interest in German national, and international, Leroy Sane.
After spending much of last season on the bench, trying to compete with one of the most imperious forward lines in football in the world. Sane often found himself lower in the pecking order than Sterling or Silva, rumours are that Sane is looking for an exit.
Bayern has fielded an older squad of late and has been successful in doing so, winning the Bundesliga with only Dortmund giving them a run for their money and the two teams pulling well clear. However, with fielding, an older squad sees retirements, and that includes waving goodbye to the remarkable Arjen Robben. They now need world class replacements.
Sane is a world class player, his pace and vision are excellent, but his competition for a starting line up is Sterling. Guardiola has morphed Sterling for being a player who was almost seen as a one trick pony, in that he offered pace but little else, to one of the best forward players in the Premier League, if not the world. On virtually every other side Sane would be starting week on week.
Sane has impressed at Man City winning PFA young player of the year and perhaps my most memorable moment was THAT free kick against his previous club, Schalke.
Sane arrived from Schalke a talented player, he enters this transfer market after time under the best coach in modern football, and experience training with, on their day, the best team in the world. Sane has never been out of place or not good enough for City, there’s just so much competition on the bench.
His pace might not be quite up to Sterling’s but the Bundesliga isn’t quite as fast as the Premier League, and he could prove a real asset against slower defences than he’s maybe come across in recent times.
German football is also technical, which a grounding under Guardiola will help hugely. Bayern Munich plays an often aggressively attacking game and Sane could be a great fit for this style of play, which would see him getting the game time he’s desperate for.
An interesting summer surely awaits!