| 14.1°C Belfast

Sane in £54m switch from City to Bayern Munich



On move: Leroy Sane is returning to German football

On move: Leroy Sane is returning to German football


On move: Leroy Sane is returning to German football

Manchester City winger Leroy Sane is on the verge of joining Bayern Munich after the two clubs agreed a deal worth up to €60m (£54.8m).

Bayern will pay an initial €49m (£44.7m) for Sané with another €11m (£10.1m) in add-ons, while City have also secured a 10 per cent sell-on clause.

Sané is set to fly to Germany imminently and will be unavailable to City for the rest of the season, but he will only be able to play for Bayern next term.

Pep Guardiola revealed earlier this month that Sané was set to leave City having rejected a new contract offer from the Etihad club, with no hopes of negotiations re-opening.

Sané's existing contract was set to expire in the summer of 2021 and City were willing to let the winger enter the final year of his deal if Bayern failed to meet their asking price.

City are understood to believe that the potential £54.8m represents value for money for a player of Sané's ability in the current transfer market, which has been significantly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

If Sané's add-ons are achieved at Bayern, City will earn a profit of approximately £17.8m on a player who joined from Schalke 04 for £37m in 2016.

Sané had appeared to be nearing a move to Bayern last summer, only to suffer damaged cruciate ligaments in the Community Shield against Liverpool days before the close of the summer transfer window.

It is understood that Sané will earn approximately £386,000-a-week at Bayern - a salary that City were unwilling to match given the number of other options available to Guardiola in the same position.

Guardiola has suggested that replacing Sané will not be a priority for City during the next transfer window.

"We have enough good players up front," he said. "Gabriel (Jesus) can play on the left, Phil Foden can play on the left, we have Raheem (Sterling) there. We have big, talented players."

"Most of them are in good healthy conditions - like Phil, Riyad (Mahrez), Gabriel, Raheem - they can play quite regularly for a long period of time, they are so stable in terms of injury situations."

Meanwhile, Mohamed Elyounoussi claimed the love shown to him by Celtic fans made it difficult to leave Glasgow.

The Southampton winger has signed another season-long loan with the Scottish champions.

The Norway international, who cost Southampton £16million from Basel in the summer of 2018, said: "It's a proud moment for myself and my family. We're very happy in Glasgow. I enjoyed my first year here."

Belfast Telegraph