President Uli Hoeness has confirmed that Bayern Munich are pursuing a summer move for Manchester City star Leroy Sane.
Thanks to Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva’s strong form, Sane found his playing opportunities restricted at City during their domestic treble-winning campaign.
The 23-year-old made just 21 starts in 38 Premier League games, with manager Pep Guardiola seemingly lacking faith in him for the big games.
This became more evident when Sane was reduced to a mere 17-minute cameo during City’s 6-0 FA Cup final win over Watford last weekend.
Therefore, Bayern have been heavily tipped to make a move for Sane in the summer with veteran wingers Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery to leave after over a decade at the club.
The Bundesliga champions are set to embark on a massive spending spree for a big squad overhaul and they’ve signed up three players this year alone.
Hamburg’s Jann-Fiete Arp has also signed up for the German giants, but he could stay where he is until July 2020.
Meanwhile, Atletico Madrid full-back Lucas Hernandez will arrive in Germany in an €80m transfer this summer.
But it appears that Bayern aren’t satisfied yet and now intend to work on improving their attacking options.
Thus, Hoeness has confirmed they are indeed proceeding with their interest in Sane.
“We are dealing with this player,” he told Sueddeutsche Zeitung.
Although Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic wasn’t quite so forthcoming when it came to discussing their summer targets.
However, he didn’t rule out an approach for Sane with Bayern understood to have a budget of €200m.
“That’s a super player with great qualities and great potential,” star striker Robert Lewandowski said Sane.
“I’ve already seen many times how good he is. That’s a player who can immediately take us higher, who improves the team.
“The transfer window hasn’t even opened yet and we already have two players, I know there’s still more to come.
“That’s for certain. Bayern has not yet said the final word with respect to transfers.”
City manager Guardiola did reveal, though, this month that he wishes to keep Sane despite his limited chances.