Bayern Munich finally lodge a bid for Leroy Sane

Bayern Munich have launched a formal bid for Manchester City star Leroy Sane, according to reports in Germany.

Bayern have long made their interest in signing the 23-year-old public, as the Bundesliga champions look to strengthen their wide options following the departures of veteran duo Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben.

According to Bild, the German giants have now firmed up their interest by lodging an initial offer for Sane. No fee has yet been mentioned, though City’s valuation of the player is believed to be around €90m.

Having been crowned as the PFA Young Player of the Year in 2017/18, Sane endured a frustrating campaign on a personal level last season, starting just 21 Premier League fixtures.

City boss Pep Guardiola has admitted he would like Sane to stay with the Premier League champions, though the German international could be tempted by a return to the Bundesliga.

Meanwhile, Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic has apologised to City, after the club’s manager Niko Kovac spoke publicly of their interest in Sane.

The Bosnian has issued City an apology, saying it is ‘important’ the club don’t speak of players under contract at rival clubs.

“It’s important that we don’t talk about players who are under contract at another club,” the Bosnian said on Wednesday.

“We have to apologize to Man City for the fact that their player is being talked about the whole time. We would be well-advised not to say anything more about the matter, but rather to keep quiet both inside and outside. We have to put the matter to rest now.”

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