Bayern chief blasts ‘fairy tale’ reports about Man City defender deal

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge: Takes pop at English clubs

Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has condemned reports claiming they would be willing to offer David Alaba to Manchester City in a swap deal with Leroy Sane.

The German giants have been tracking Sane for more than a year, and with his contract expiring in 2021, this summer may be the perfect time for them to make a move.

Recent reports suggested that they were trying to negotiate a swap deal with City that would see defender Alaba head to the Etihad Stadium, with the Austrian also having been linked with that move for quite some time.

However, those claims have been rubbished by Bayern chief Rummenigge, who has described them as ‘fantasy’.

“I’ve heard, rumours are circulating that we would like to hand David Alaba over to Manchester City in exchange for Leroy Sane,” he is quoted as saying by the Daily Mirror.

“In addition, I say very clearly: This is Grimm’s Fairy Tale and has nothing to do with reality.

“I would like to say very clearly that this is not an option for Bayern at all, we are not in the bazaar.”

Sane is understood to remain open to the option of returning to Germany, although it appears Bayern are not willing to make sacrifices to land him.


Alaba is not the only player to have been linked with a move in the opposite direction, with Pep Guardiola said to be keen on former Arsenal man Serge Gnabry as well following his career renaissance in Munich.

Fellow Bayern winger Kingsley Coman has also been suggested as a Sane replacement for City, although it remains to be seen whether Rummenigge would be willing to orchestrate such a deal.