Leroy Sane: Man Utd, Liverpool interest dissected by Fabrizio Romano, with Bayern Munich stance made clear
Liverpool and Manchester United’s prospects of luring Leroy Sane back to the Premier League this summer from Bayern Munich have been given only a limited chance by transfer guru Fabrizio Romano.
The Germany winger has seen his speculation come under the spotlight in recent weeks after a difficult season at Bayern. His game time at Bayern saw him limited to just 22 starts in the Bundesliga, as Julian Nagelsmann shuffled his pack. Indeed, with Sergen Gnabry and Kingsley Coman also at the Bundesliga side’s disposal, the Bayern boss is hardly short of wing options.
Now it seems the arrival of Sadio Mane may have pushed Sane either further down the pecking order. As such, there are growing suggestions that Bayern may allow the 26-year-old to depart should a sizeable offer come in.
As a result, he has been linked with a possible move to Liverpool. Jurgen Klopp is reportedly still looking at ways to strengthen his squad, with long-term doubts still remaining over Roberto Firmino. And while the Brazilian is a different sort of foward, the Reds have Darwin Nunez as a new option to play centrally.
But quality cover for Mohamed Salah and Luis Diaz remains an issue, with Diogo Jota currently on the sidelines. And with the five substitute rule allowing the top clubs more options off the bench, an approach for Sane was reportedly something Klopp was considering.
The Reds, though, aren’t the only side seemingly keen. To that end, a report on Sunday also revealing details of apparent interest from United.
Erik ten Hag is looking for ways to bolster his attacking options, especially in wake of a woeful opening day defeat to Brighton.
Antony remains United’s top target – but a deal for the Brazilian looks out of reach with Ajax valuing him at around £70m.
Fabrizio Romano not expecting Leroy Sane to leave
Despite apparent interest from the Premier League giants, transfer guru Romano is not convinced Bayern are willing to sell Sane.
Furthermore, he thinks Sane will be more involved this season after Robert Lewandowski’s Barcelona move.
Speaking to Caught Offside, Romano also insists there is nothing concrete on the table from either club.
“I’m aware that there’s growing talk of Leroy Sane being targeted by the likes of Liverpool and Manchester United,” Romano began. “But I wouldn’t get too excited about it just yet!
“So far, Bayern have no intention of selling Leroy Sane. Robert Lewandowski has just left and more solutions will be needed throughout the season. It will be a tough deal for any club, and there are no offers on the Bayern table yet.
“I believe that without Lewandowski in the team, Sane could have a bigger role. He can improve on what has been a slightly disappointing spell with the Bavarian giants so far.
“The likes of Kingsley Coman and Serge Gnabry will also have more responsibilities and this can help them all.”
Both clubs have priorities elsewhere
It appears unlikely that Sane will depart Bayern, let alone returning to the Premier League.
Starting with Bayern, they will look to share the goals burden across their frontmen this season. And while all are more wide attackers than centre-forwards, Nagelsmann will likely afford plenty of chances to Sane through the season.
As for Manchester United, they are currently focusing on strengthening their midfield. To that end, Monday’s Euro Paper Talk suggests two midfield additions are in the works at Old Trafford.
Liverpool, meanwhile, are highly unlikely to sign another forward. Having already spent the best part of £120m this year alone on Diaz and Nunez, another forward addition appears unlikely.
That’s not to say they couldn’t move for Sane in the years to come, but it just won’t happen now. Instead, a contract extension for Firmino looks far more likely.
And if the Reds do spend big on another signing, that will surely be for a new midfielder instead.
As such, reports on Monday speculate a swap deal for an Inter schemer may be on the cards.