Pep Guardiola has reportedly agreed his second signing as Manchester City boss.
According to The Sun, Guardiola has completed the signing of Schalke’s highly-rated youngster Leroy Sane on a deal worth £40 million.
After securing Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, the City boss continues his raid on the Bundesliga.
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Sane, 20, is reportedly set to arrive at the Etihad Stadium once he returns from the European Championship with Germany.
The possibility of working under Guardiola must have swayed the winger, who in April admitted joining Barcelona would be a “dream” move.
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“I make no secret of this," he told Bild, per ESPN FC. “Some time in the future I want to play abroad and at an even bigger club than Schalke. Most of all at Barca -- even as a little boy, that was my dream club."
The Sun’s report represents a real coup for the Premier League club. Sane scored nine goals this season and was on Real Madrid’s radar.
If true, Jesus Navas has some real competition on the right wing.
The Daily Mail asked scout Neil McGuinness to run the rule over the youngster, and the feedback was incredibly positive.
“He is a winger at heart, usually operating from the right but he is also capable of playing anywhere across a front three, whether used as a support striker or No 10,” McGuinness said.
“He is ridiculously quick when he gets going and can cause constant headaches for full backs who are drawn into one-on-one situations with him.
“It’s an obvious choice but exciting is the main word I would use to describe Sane. He can get the anticipation growing when he receives the ball and more often than not when he attacks at pace, he brings any stadium to its feet.
“Those type of players are usually a luxury that only perform 25 per cent of the time but Sane shows maturity in his play and knows when to attack and when to protect the ball, something that is not always easy to find in the younger players.”
Another player who Guardiola is set to be keen on is Athletic Bilbao centre-back Aymeric Laporte.
But City were dealt a blow in their pursuit of the 22-year-old - he signed a new deal with the La Liga club today.
If Guardiola wants Laporte, he will have to fork out £55.6 million to pay his new release clause.
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