It looks as though it’s going to be an extremely busy transfer window in the Premier League.
All the top teams look set to splash the cash as Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City all have new managers, Arsene Wenger wants to end Arsenal’s 12-year wait without a Premier League trophy, Tottenham want to reaffirm their position in the top-four, Leicester are aiming to defend their title while Liverpool aim to get back into the Champions League.
But some teams aren’t willing to wait for the transfer window to open in July to get their business done.
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Arsenal have moved to secure the services of Granit Xhaka for £30 million, City have splashed £21 million on Ilkay Gundogan while United parted with £30 million for Eric Bailly.
While Chelsea and Tottenham and are yet to complete a deal this summer, it appears that City will, again, be making the next move.
That’s because The Sun are reporting that the Citizens are closing in on a deal with Leroy Sane and hope to get the deal wrapped up as early as Wednesday.
The report states that the Germany international’s representatives have been in talks with City and his current club Schalke regarding the £40 million move.
However, there is a slight sticking point, though, and that comes in the form of Bayern Munich. The Bundesliga champions have made a late attempt to sign Sane but have admitted that they don’t want to purchase the 20-year-old until next season.
Both Arjen Robben and Frank Ribery are likely to leave the Allianz Arena at the end of next campaign and a star like Sane would then be a priority for Carlo Ancelotti’s side.
However, Pep Guardiola doesn't want to wait and wants the deal wrapped up in the next 24 hours and will be able to match - if not better - anything Bayern offer.
However, new Schalke boss Markus Weinzierl has, unsurprisingly, urged Sane to remain at the club amid interest from European giants.
“He should stay with Schalke," he said.
“Fans can identify with him and the club needs these sort of players.”
Sane is currently with the Germany squad at Euro 2016 and Schalke’s sporting director Christian Heidel has dismissed any reports linking their star player with a move after telling German newspaper Bild: “The story is incorrect, nothing has changed with Leroy Sane.”
It’s clear that Guardiola is desperate to sign the talented youngster and it appears a deal is close to being finalised. Whether Bayern will hijack the deal or, in fact, Schalke can keep hold of Sane remains to be seen.