Manchester City are prepared to ‘play hardball’ with Bayern Munich as the two clubs continue to negotiate a transfer for contract rebel Leroy Sane.
Sane is keen to leave the Premier League champions after Pep Guardiola confirmed the winger had rejected an opportunity to extend his contract at the club and expressed his desire to move, the Germany international’s current deal set to expire next summer.
Bayern Munich have held a long-standing interest in the player and are keen to capitalise on the 24-year-old’s contract situation at the Etihad, though have so far refused to raise their initial offer of €40m (£36m).
According to the Telegraph, despite the prospect of losing Sane for nothing in a year’s time, City are prepared to ‘play hardball’ with the Bundesliga champions as they seek an improved offer for a player valued in excess of £100m last summer.
Man City are prepared to make one last bid to convince the winger to remain in English football, though that looks an unlikely prospect with Sane having made clear his desire to head to Munich.
The two clubs had held talks over a deal last summer only to see hopes of a move ended by an ACL injury sustained by Sane in August, the star having only made his long-awaited comeback from the problem during Monday night’s 5-0 victory over Burnley.
City had previously stated they were keen to avoid a situation similar to the one that saw James Milner depart for Liverpool on a free transfer five years ago, and there is a feeling that neither side wants to wait a year for a transfer which seems inevitable at present.
The Premier League side, however, are prepared to be tough during negotiations despite their unfavourable position, and Bayern will need to raise their current offer to secure a long-term target.