Barcelona and Manchester City could go head-to-head for Schalke striker Leroy Sane, according to the Mirror.
The report claims that the Catalans sent scouts to watch the Bundesliga forward during Schalke's clash against Mainz this past weekend.
Sane played 83 minutes at Coface Arena but was unable to stop his side suffering a 2-1 defeat. The 20-year-old, who is the son of former Senegal striker Souleymane Sane, reportedly has a £28 million release clause in his current contract, but it's far from certain as to whether the Camp Nou outfit will pay up in order to secure his services.
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One thing is for sure, he's recognised as one of the most exciting young players in European football right now and would prove quite the coup for Luis Enrique's side in their pursuit of success.
With five goals from 21 league appearances this season, Sane still has a great deal to learn, but he's most definitely going from strength-to-strength in the game.
The report from The Sun claims that Barcelona will continue to monitor Sane as he progresses in Germany.
But it's safe to say that it won't be easy for the Spanish giants to land him. In the report, it is stated that incoming Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is understood to be impressed with the youngster.
Guardiola, currently in charge of Bayern Munich, will certainly have one eye on his new adventure with the Citizens. He will be well aware that it won't be easy for him to get to grips with the Premier League.
City are clearly in need of improvement. The club may well have an array of talent at their disposal - the likes of Sergio Aguero, Yaya Toure, Raheem Sterling, Vincent Kompany and co. are plying their trade at the Etihad - but they are still a long way off the best teams in Europe.
In fact, after recent home defeats to title rivals Tottenham and Leicester City, the Sky Blues are even struggling to prove their credentials domestically.
This summer looks set to be an interesting one for all involved at the Etihad. It's surely likely that Guardiola will make a number of big changes as he goes in search of creating his own team.
There's clearly a long-term plan in place in Manchester - the club have an incredible youth setup - but the former Barcelona manager will understand that he has to make an immediate impact.
Guardiola will arrive on English soil as one of the most revered coaches in world football, but that doesn't necessarily mean that he will be a success.
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