Potentially big news from Germany tonight with newspaper Bild reporting that City are preparing a formal bid of €55m (£40.5m) for Schalke wunderkind Leroy Sané.
City’s interest in the 19-year-old, considered one of Germany’s greatest upcoming talents, was revealed the other day by The Guardian. Schalke GM Horst Heldt was quick to respond, saying even City didn’t have enough money to buy Sané.
The Blues may be about to put Heldt’s boast to the test and Bild believe a €55m offer will make Die Königsblauen seriously consider selling the latest jewel from their famed academy.
Described as a ‘spectacular player’ by the newspaper, Sané is also the second fastest player in the Bundesliga after speed freak Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. And to the interest of any City fan who has been keeping up with the news, Pep Guardiola said of him in November: “Sané is a huge talent and I can only congratulate Germany to have a talent like him.”
If this deal went through at the reported price, it would make Sané the most expensive German player ever, at €55m. Mesut Özil is the currently the most expensive at €50m and would still be the most expensive in pound sterling (£42.5m in 2013).
Worth it or not? Football’s most promising young players are getting pricier by the year and there is always an element of risk. Check out Sané in action: