Sunday 18 March 2018

Pep Guardiola reveals Man City are pursuing world’s second most valuable player under 21

Manchester City are interested in Germany international Leroy Sane
Manchester City are interested in Germany international Leroy Sane

Tom Rooney

Pep Guardiola has admitted he hopes to bring Leroy Sane to the Etihad Stadium this summer but, at present, FC Schalke are said to be demanding an exurbanite fee for the German winger.

Since the former Barcelona coach officially succeeded Manuel Pellegrini, City have acquired Ilkay Gundogan, Nolito, Aaron Mooy and Oleksandr Zinchenko, and they are still seeking to further supplement their squad for the campaign ahead.

Sane, who played just 11 minutes for Germany at the recent European Championships, enjoyed a breakout season for Schalke last term, scoring nine goals and contributing six assists while helping them to a fifth place finish in the Bundesliga.

A recent study of the players under 21 by Soccerex found only Manchester United’s Anthony Martial to be more valuable than Sane, who was priced at €37.1m, though his current employers are thought to be seeking a fee closer to €60m.

That said, Guardiola, who recently finished a three stint in Germany as Bayern Munich’s manager,  confirmed Man City’s interest in the 20-year-old.

“Sané is a player of Schalke. Of course we talk to him – Schalke knows we are interested, but at this moment we don’t have many possibilities to get him."

“There is a difference between Manchester City and Schalke and it is quite big. I do not know what is going to happen but right now he is with Schalke.”

Sane can operate on either flank while City, given the recent form of Raheem Sterling and Jesus Navas, are currently lacking potent wide players.

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