Deal likely as Sane undergoes check-up

Leroy Sane.
Leroy Sane.

Forward skips Schalke training camp, could become City's 4th signing under Guardiola

LONDON • Manchester City were last night close to completing a £35 million (S$61.8 million) move for German forward Leroy Sane, after the player underwent a medical check-up in Manchester.

The 20-year-old, who made one appearance for Germany during their run to the Euro 2016 semi-finals, had been due to join his Schalke team-mates yesterday at the German Bundesliga club's pre-season training camp in Austria.

But, with City prepared to meet Schalke's £35 million valuation of the player, Sane reportedly changed his travel plans and checked into a Manchester hotel to complete his move.

"Leroy Sane is currently in Manchester and will not be travelling with Schalke to the training camp," the club tweeted yesterday.

"We have now cleared things up with Manchester. Now Manchester must clear things up with the player," Schalke's director of sport Christian Heidel told local newspaper WAZ.

  • $62m

    Transfer fee Manchester City will reportedly pay for German forward Leroy Sane.

City manager Pep Guardiola had said last month that the club were in talks with the forward but added that the transfer was being held up over the player's valuation.

At the same time, Heidel said that Sane, who scored eight goals last season as the Bundesliga club finished fifth in the league, had asked for a transfer.

He could now make his debut against Arsenal in a friendly in Gothenburg on Sunday.

City have already signed Ilkay Gundogan from Borussia Dortmund, Nolito from Celta Vigo and Oleksandr Zinchenko from the Ukrainian club Ufa in the close season.

They retain an interest in John Stones but are reluctant to meet Everton's £50 million valuation for the 22-year-old central defender, setting their target figure at around £40 million plus potential add-ons.

Earlier yesterday, David Moyes admitted that he is interested in bringing Belgium internationals Marouane Fellaini and Adnan Januzaj to Sunderland from Manchester United.

The pair played under him when he was the manager at Old Trafford, and Fellaini also previously spent five seasons with the manager at Everton. "They're excellent players," the Scot said at his presentation as Sunderland's manager.

"We're interested in lots of good players. You have to have a realistic view. There'll be some players we can attract just now and some players we can't.

"We'll try and get the ones we can and the ones who want to come here and start on the new journey we're on. We have offers in for people already and we're working hard."

There were indications that Januzaj in particular may be available for sale or loan, after he was absent from first-team training at the end of last week. The 21-year-old also played no part in United's game against Galatasaray last Saturday.

Fellaini, who cost United £27.5 million when he arrived in 2013, came on as a half-time substitute against Galatasaray and scored in a 5-2 win.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 02, 2016, with the headline 'Deal likely as Sane undergoes check-up'. Print Edition | Subscribe