Bayern have finally sat at the table to begin negotiations with Manchester City for highly regarded forward Leroy Sane.
The Germany international is valued at £90million by the defending Premier League champions, a fee so high that Bayern previously baulked when they learned of City’s asking price.
However, according to Mirror Sport, the Bavarians giants have now agreed to begin conversations over the signing the 23-year old winger, who impressed for Pep Guardiola’s side last season.
Sane has been the club’s prime target this summer, with long-term wingers Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery both having left the Allianz Arena following the expiration of their respective contracts.
While Bayern president Uli Hoeness previously labelled City’s financial stance regarding Sane as “insane”, manager Niko Kovac has explained that the club will do whatever they can to land their “dream player”, saying:
We all know that Leroy Sane is our dream player. The public knows that, we know that.
You can see that the transfer is not easy. But I know that our people are working very hard to make it happen. We will do everything to realise this transfer.
If negotiations fall through, who else could Bayern sign instead of Sane?
The Belgium international is reportedly keen on returning to Europe, having joined Chinese Super League Dalian Yifang in February 2018.
While Carrasco isn’t as young and promising as Sane, he still has plenty of ability and years to give at the top level.
Pepe has seemingly been one of the most hotly contested players on the market during this window. While Bayern have previously discarded the idea of signing the Lille front-man, they could return should other options fall through.
The French winger hasn’t settled for Barcelona as the club would have liked him to, and given his previous reputation in Germany, the former Borussia Dortmund wide-man could be a strong option.
Another Barcelona winger who has failed to cement his position, Malcom could also be on the move this summer. Still young and dangerous in attack, he could be a real asset to Bayern and Niko Kovac.