Pep Guardiola has suggested Manchester City may not replace Leroy Sane and says the club have ‘other priorities’ in the transfer market this summer.
Sane is expected to leave Man City this summer with Guardiola confirming the winger had rejected the opportunity to extend his contract at the Etihad, Bayern Munich long-term suitors of the Germany international and set to return with renewed interest for a player who has just a year remaining on his current deal.
Speaking on the 24-year-old’s potential exit, Guardiola admitted he was unsure on whether Sane would remain at the club beyond the end of the season, but says his side have sufficient depth to cover the star’s departure.
“First Leroy is our player. I don’t know if he is going to leave this summer or at the end of his contract [next year] but we have enough good players up front,” Guardiola said in his pre-match press conference.
“Gabriel [Jesus] can play on the left, Phil Foden can play on the left, we have Raheem [Sterling] there. We have big, talented players up front.
“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.
“I think we have other priorities maybe [in the transfer market]. And I don’t know, after the coronavirus, if the situation economically and financially for the clubs is changing. I don’t know what the situation is. We’re going to see at the end of this season.”
“There was a lot of talks about Bayern Munich but I don’t know exactly the situation with both clubs, what he’s going to do,” he added.
Guardiola refused to be drawn on the club’s finances and transfer plans when asked if money was available to secure the signing of a centre-back, City having struggled defensively following the departure of Vincent Kompany.
“I don’t know that right now,” Guardiola said. “The places I was – Barcelona, Bayern and here – when the club say we cannot afford it, we cannot afford it.
“But I don’t know, it depends on the people who stay. Maybe in the next two months the team make a step forward and we stay with the same people. I don’t know right now.”