Bayern Munich Deny Leroy Sane Has Agreed Manchester City Departure

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistAugust 1, 2019

YOKOHAMA, JAPAN - JULY 27: Leroy Sane of Manchester City looks on after the preseason friendly match between Yokohama F.Marinos and Manchester City at Nissan Stadium on July 27, 2019 in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan. (Photo by Hiroki Watanabe/Getty Images)
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Bayern Munich have denied reports that Manchester City's Leroy Sane has agreed to join them.

Both Kicker and Bild (h/t Goal's Ronan Murphy) reported on Thursday that the 23-year-old had agreed to move to the Allianz Arena, with only a fee needing to be decided between the two clubs:

Ronan Murphy @swearimnotpaul

Bayern Munich still have to negotiate a final fee with Manchester City, but Leroy Sane has agreed to move, according to Bild. Negotiations over the fee may take another few days, and the total fee plus wage package is expected to be €200m. #FCBayern #MCFC

However, Bayern took to Twitter to deny any agreement over the signing of Sane:

FC Bayern English @FCBayernEN

News reports made today stating that Leroy Sané has decided to join FC Bayern do not correspond to the facts.

Sane, 23, joined City from Schalke for £37 million in 2016. He won the PFA Young Player of the Year award in 2017-18 after netting 10 goals and providing 15 assists in City's triumphant Premier League campaign.

On paper, the Germany international enjoyed another fine season in 2018-19, scoring 10 goals and assisting 10 in 31 league games.

However, 10 of those appearances came from the bench, and Pep Guardiola appeared to have lost faith in Sane for the biggest games.

Bayern manager Niko Kovac recently said he was "confident" Bayern would be able to sign Sane:

Ronan Murphy @swearimnotpaul

Bayern Munich's Niko Kovac on Leroy Sane transfer, to ZDF: "Our leadership is very engaged there. I'm confident and assume that we can get him." #FCBayern #MCFC

Even if City are prepared to let him go, though, they will likely demand a huge transfer fee.

Sane's contract with City runs to 2021, so the club are not under any huge pressure to sell him.

Bayern have a history of being remarkably frugal relative to Europe's other elite sides. 

Until recently, their record transfer fee was the £37 million they spent on Corentin Tolisso in June 2017.

That was eclipsed by the £68 million they paid to sign Lucas Hernandez earlier this year, and they may have to spend even more to snap up Sane.