Bayern Munich Director Rules out January Move for Manchester City's Leroy Sane

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistJanuary 9, 2020

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 04: Leroy Sane of Manchester City applauds the fans during the FA Community Shield fixture between Liverpool and Manchester City  at Wembley Stadium on August 4, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images)
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Bayern Munich sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic has ruled out a January move for longtime transfer target Leroy Sane of Manchester City

Per Tobias Altschaffl of Sport Bild, he was asked about a possible move for the Germany international during a press conference:

Tobias Altschäffl @altobelli13

Salihamidzic: Sané will not join Bayern Munich in the winter transfer periode. #fcbayern #sané @SPORTBILD @BILD_Bayern

Sport Witness couldn't help itself:

Sport Witness @Sport_Witness

Nice of Bayern Munich to exclude the transfer of a player who doesn't belong to them. https://t.co/d13Dcop3CV

Sane has long been linked with the Bundesliga giants, and there were strong rumours he would join them in the summer. He suffered a major knee injury during the Community Shield against Liverpool in August, however, all but ending the chances of a summer switch.

The winger hasn't played since, and speculation has lessened as a result. Bayern are still expected to make a move for Sane at some point due to their need at the position.

DOHA, QATAR - JANUARY 09: (BILD ZEITUNG OUT) Sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic of FC Bayern Muenchen interview during day six of the FC Bayern Muenchen winter training camp on January 9, 2020 in Doha, Qatar.(Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images)
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Longtime starters Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery both left the club at the end of last season, leaving the Bavarians with limited depth. Kingsley Coman has been hit hard by the injury bug, and Ivan Perisic has struggled for consistency since joining on loan from Inter Milan.

Bayern are looking for reinforcements, but it's difficult to find the right players in midseason, according to Salihamidzic:

FC Bayern English @FCBayernEN

@Brazzo 🗣️ #Salihamidžić continued: "Hansi and I are in constant talks. We're considering every option, but strengthening the squad during the winter break is difficult."

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City have been just fine without the 23-year-old, courtesy of their phenomenal squad depth. Riyad Mahrez, Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva have all performed well when stationed on the wing, and the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Oleksandr Zinchenko and Joao Cancelo can also split out wide if needed.

The fact they've hardly missed the former Schalke man could make City more receptive to a sale in the summer. Sane is a talented player but clearly not crucial to the squad.

Per Stuart Brennan of the Manchester Evening News, he's close to returning to training, and in all likelihood, Bayern scouts will keep a close eye on him when he's ready. If he shows he's back to his best in the coming months, a summer switch seems likely.

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