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Bayern dismiss “fairy tale” Man City swap deal rumours

By Mohamed Moallim

Published: 12:37, 29 March 2020 | Updated: 12:22, 6 May 2020

Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has rubbished “fairy tale” reports of David Alaba and Leroy Sane swapping clubs.

The record 29-time German champions were heavily linked with the Manchester City forward last summer but any prospective move broke down after Sane picked up a serious knee injury.

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  • Sane joined Man City from Schalke 04 in 2016 for a reported £46.5 million.
  • He’s since gone on to make 134 appearances in all competitions, registering 39 goals and creating 45 more.
  • Bayern Munich were heavily linked with the German forward last summer but any move broke down after rupturing his ACL.
  • He’s yet to play for City’s first team since their Community Shield win over Liverpool but is nearing a return.
  • Bayern chairman Rummenigge dismissed any suggestion of a swap deal involving Alaba and Sane.

However, it hasn’t stopped him from being associated with a Bundesliga return — Sane having left boyhood club Schalke 04 for City in 2016, subsequently becoming one of former Bayern boss Pep Guardiola‘s first signings at the club.

Sane has since made 134 appearances for City in all competitions, registering 39 goals and 45 assists. Such were his exemplary performances that Guardiola favourably compared him to Lionel Messi.

A bad knock in their Community Shield win over Liverpool has denied Sane a single competitive minute this season and there’s a strong chance he could leave the club before his present deal expires in June 2021.

Recently, there have been talks of Sane and Bayern‘s multifunctional defender-cum-midfielder Alaba going the opposite direction of each other but Rummenigge dismissed that as being nothing but make-believe.

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“As I’ve heard, rumours are circulating that we would like to hand David Alaba over to Manchester City in exchange for Leroy Sane,” he told TZ.

“In addition, I say very clearly: This is Grimm’s Fairy Tale and has nothing to do with reality.

“I would like to say very clearly that this is not an option for Bayern at all, we are not in the bazaar.”