Bayern Munich president CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says the German club is yet to make a bid for Leroy Sane but will push forward with negotiations if the player expresses his desire to make the move.
Sane was in and out of the Manchester City starting line up last season and has been linked with a return to the Bundesliga.
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- Sane was named PFA Young Player of the Year in 2017/18 but endured a mixed 2018/19 with City.
- The winger was a substitute in nine of City’s final 14 league games, remaining on the bench in five of those matches.
- Last month, reports claimed City turned down a £70.7m bid for Sane from Bayern.
- Bayern deny an offer has been made but appear to have urged Sane to push for a move away from the Etihad.
- Despite his lack of starts, Sane scored more goals across all competitions in 2018/19 (16) than in 2017/18 (14).
City are reportedly keen to tie Sane down to a new long-term contract in order to ward off interest from Bayern, suggesting the 23-year-old is still in Pep Guardiola’s long-term plans.
But if the player asks to leave the Etihad for Bayern, Rummenigge has confirmed the Bundesliga champions will at least attempt to enter negotiations with the reigning Premier League champions.
“We have not made an offer for Leroy Sane. It has not gone that far yet,” Rummenigge told Sport Bild.
“First the player has to decide whether he can imagine coming to Bayern. If that’s the case, then we’re negotiating with Manchester City.
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“The player is the most important factor. Apparently Leroy has not yet decided. Hasan Salihamidzic (Bayern’s sporting director) leads the talks here.
“I think the player is exciting. Both in terms of his footballing quality and the type of player he is.”
Sane could play a part for Germany when Joachim Löw’s side take on Belarus in a crucial Euro 2020 qualifier this weekend.