Football: Bayern have not yet tabled bid for Man City's Leroy Sane, says CEO Rummenigge

Bayern have repeatedly said that they would like to draw Manchester City winger Leroy Sane to Munich.
Bayern have repeatedly said that they would like to draw Manchester City winger Leroy Sane to Munich.PHOTO: REUTERS

BERLIN (REUTERS) - German football champions Bayern Munich have not yet made an offer for Manchester City winger Leroy Sane despite their longstanding desire to sign him, club CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said on Wednesday (June 5).

Bayern, who won their seventh straight German Bundesliga league title along with the German Cup this season, have repeatedly said that they would like to draw the speedy 23-year-old winger to Munich.

But Rummenigge said reports of an €80 million (S$123 million) offer for the German were wide of the mark.

"We have not yet submitted an offer for Leroy Sane," he told Sportbild magazine. "We are still a long way from this point.

"Initially the player has to decide if he could imagine joining Bayern. Once that is the case then we will go into specific negotiations with Manchester City."

After being voted the PFA's Young Player of the Year for 2017-18, Sane struggled to hold down a regular starting spot at City last season, competing with Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva among others.

City coach Pep Guardiola, a former Bayern manager, has said he had tried to extend the player's contract over the past year and a half but Sane's reluctance to put pen to paper has raised doubts about his future in Manchester.

 

"The player is the most decisive factor," Rummenigge said.

"Obviously Leroy has not yet decided. I find him an exciting player both in relation to his football qualities and his character."

Bayern have already signed defender Lucas Hernandez from Atletico Madrid for €80 million as they look to become more competitive in Europe, with their last Champions League win back in 2013. They lost to eventual champions Liverpool in the round of 16 this season.