After a year-long pursuit, it appears that Bayern Munich are still intent on signing Leroy Sane. The German side is still hot on the tails of the Manchester City winger, according to Sky Sports.
Sane was linked with a move back to his homeland last summer, per The Guardian. The paper reported in May 2019 that City had rejected a £70.7 million bid.
This was before his horrific ACL injury, which put an end to a potential transfer.
The German ruptured his cruciate ligament against Liverpool in the Community Shield last August. He is yet to play since this horror injury, and any potential move was called to a halt.
Still the same player?
While Sane has undoubtedly shown his class previously, is it possible that his injury has changed him?
He is certainly one of the quickest players in world football. However, a serious ACL injury is sure to have an impact on his speed.
The 24-year-old will most certainly need time to adjust to playing football again. It is vital to not rush such a young player back after his long period out.
So, should Bayern get their man, it will be a while before he shows exactly what he can do at the Allianz Arena.
Explosive future in Bavaria
Assuming Sane does sign, and gets back to his pre-injury self, it will be a fantastic acquisition.
The ex-Schalke man has had a fantastic few years in the Premier League. He won back-to-back league titles in 2017/18 and 2018/19. In fact, he was even crowned PFA Young Player of the Year in 2018.
Bayern are potentially short on wingers, which is a key reason for their interest.
Philippe Coutinho is set to end his loan move. Ivan Perisic has not had the desired impact since joining from Inter. Alphonso Davies has relocated to left back, to fantastic effect it must be said.
Putting Sane on one wing for Bayern with Serge Gnabry on the opposite flank could be devastating.
The sheer pace of the two young Germans is enough to get tongues wagging.
Add Kingsley Coman to the mix and Bayern will have three of Europe’s most exciting wing options. It is also possible that Davies will push for a move back upfield and out of left-back. That would make four potentially top-class young wide-men.
Add the ageless Robert Lewandowski, and Bayern could have a frontline to be feared by all.
Sane’s signing is beginning to look certain. It is an exciting time to be a fan of Bayern Munich.