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Leroy Sane: Arsenal progress on big-money coup clarified, as German source reveals Bayern Munich dismay

Bayern Munich winger Leroy Sane

The state of play over a Leroy Sane to Arsenal deal has been clarified by a German football expert who admitted Bayern Munich are unhappy with the winger.

Sane, 26, was heralded as a fine catch upon moving back to Germany in 2020. Bayern paid Man City an initial £38m that could rise to over £50m pending add-ons.

Sane has helped the Bavarians lift back-to-back Bundesliga titles while there. However, his game has not developed and by all accounts, Bayern are a little disappointed at the player’s performance levels.

With Serge Gnabry signing a new deal and Sadio Mane arriving from Liverpool, Sane’s role as a regular starter may not be as secure as it once was.

That has led to speculation the winger could be on the move. Indeed, CBS Sports’ Ben Jacobs claimed London pair Chelsea and Arsenal were talked about in the early part of the window. Real Madrid have also been touted as a potential landing spot.

Both clubs attempted to sign Raphinha instead, though were pipped to the Brazilian by Barcelona.

Mikel Arteta has claimed Arsenal’s business this summer is far from over. Oleksandr Zinchenko may not be the final arrival at the Emirates.

Sane could represent an excellent alternative to Raphinha. However, according to Sky Germany reporter, Florian Plettenberg, a Sane move is “not hot” right now.

Bayern unhappy, though unlikely to sell Leroy Sane

Plettenberg acknowledged Sane’s position in Bavaria is precarious. Indeed, he described his situation as “not an easy” one amid underwhelming displays.

Yet Bayern are reportedly willing to show faith and give Sane one more season to prove himself.

“I cannot confirm that Arsenal are interested in Leroy Sane,” said the reliable journalist. “It’s possible that some people have offered him to Arsenal but not in the name of Sane.

“We have been told it’s not an easy situation for him at Bayern Munich. He has not shown performances the club is expecting from him but it’s too early to say that he’s a candidate for sale.

“I think that Bayern Munich will give him the season to prove himself. But Arsenal and Sane or Sane and Real Madrid – right now, it’s not hot.”

Is a new winger actually required?

Bukayo Saka is the undisputed No 1 on the right flank. Nicolas Pepe is in reserve and Arsenal are open to his sale if a suitable bid is tabled.

However, there has been little in the way of concrete interest in the Ivorian thus far. If Pepe cannot be shifted, a new right winger – especially one as expensive as Sane – seems like overkill.

The new signing would have to displace Saka to feature regularly. Given the Arsenal ace’s incredible progression last season, that looks a tall order for even the most accomplished of attackers.

Sane has operated on the left wing on numerous occasions at Bayern, though Arteta deploys his wide men on the opposite flank to their strongest foot. What’s more, adding Sane to the mix on the left would hinder Gabriel Martinelli’s progress.

Instead, the cash may be better utilised in other departments such as central midfield.

Zinchenko may be tasked with playing in the engine room where he excels for Ukraine. However, that has not stopped Arsenal continuing to monitor a move for Leicester’s Youri Tielemans.

The Belgian is available for a fraction of his true value given his contract only has 12 months left to run. A £25m-£30m switch could materialise pending the outcome of showdown talks with Brendan Rodgers this week.