Leroy Sane’s hopes of a late move to Bayern Munich now appear to be in tatters, as the winger has torn his anterior cruciate ligaments. The German winger was keen on a move to the Allianz Arena and become the long-term replacement for the likes of Frank Ribery and Arjen Robben. Yet, the 23-year-old picked up an injury during the Community Shield meeting with Liverpool on Sunday. The injury seems to be more serious than initially feared, as the winger may have torn his cruciate ligaments.
Bayern were extremely confident of bringing in Sane for around £145 million, according to the Sun. Even as the two clubs battled out with public spats, a deal seemed highly likely since the player was desperate. Sane had plotted an escape on deadline day, according to The Sun. Manchester City might have also considered the offer since the player has less than two years left on his contract. Rather than see his valuation drop next summer, it made a lot of sense to sell a player who did not feature often in the second half of the 2018-19 campaign.
A few weeks ago, Pep Guardiola did not show a lot of interest in putting the arm around Sane’s shoulder and making him stay at the Etihad Stadium. Instead, Guardiola was pretty much relaxed about the situation, as the club do have a lot of strength in the position.
Sane was in spectacular form in the first half of last season, but that did not prevent Guardiola from dropping him for a major chunk of the second half. The 23-year-old ended up with 16 goals in 47 games across all competitions – his best season till date.
The spat between Bayern and City became very ugly over the last few days. The Premier League outfit have been deeply concerned that Sane has been tapped up by the German outfit. Sane’s agent has reportedly agreed a contract worth around £320,000 per week – or £16.6 million per year. It represents a massive jump from the current £90,000 per week – one of the lowest figures amongst top stars – that the winger has been making since signing the contract in 2016. Sane was signed from Schalke for £37 million back in 2016.
City are yet to confirm the injury, but there is a high chance that the player may require a surgery that will rule him out of action for the next six months or more.
Bayern are in a desperate situation with regards to getting attacking talent. Even though the likes of Lucas Hernandez have been brought in from Atletico Madrid for a substantial fee, the loss of Robben and Ribery is a major blow to Bayern’s hopes of making a difference in the Champions League.
The current squad might be able to cope with the domestic threat from the likes of Borussia Dortmund, but the lack of Champions League success is starting to hurt the club. Bayern’s last success in the Champions League was in 2013 and the team failed to get past the quarter-finals in two out of the last three seasons.