Manchester City are still ‘trying to convince’ Leroy Sane to sign a new deal as the club bid to ward off interest from Bayern Munich.
The Bundesliga champions were interested in securing a deal for Sane during the summer, however, their interest cooled after the winger suffered a serious knee injury that is likely to keep him out for the majority of the season.
The Germany international has less than two years remaining on his current deal at the Etihad, though contract negotiations continue between Man City and the player’s representatives over an extension to his current terms.
According to the Evening Standard, City are hopeful of persuading the 23-year-old to extend his contract, with reports suggesting Bayern are ready to return with a bid for his services as early as January in spite of his injury.
City have maintained that Sane, the 2019 PFA Young Player of the Year, is not for sale and the club will demand a fee in the region of £137m to part with the highly-rated star. Bayern have so far failed to bid even close to that figure, and it is uncertain whether the German giants would be willing to match City’s hefty valuation.
Bayern were keen to strengthen their wide options this summer following the departure of veteran duo Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben, with Niko Kovac’s side securing loan deals for Inter Milan’s Ivan Perisic and former Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho.
Sane has made 134 appearances for City since joining from Schalke three years ago, scoring 39 goals and winning five major honours.