Manchester City will receive a welcome financial boost if Chelsea reportedly manage to seal a permanent move from Leroy Sane in the January transfer window. After only one season in the Allianz Arena at Bayern Munich, the 25-year-old faces an uncertain future.
Sane has struggled to settle in with Bayern since joining the club from City in July last year with a £ 40m move.
He was well represented in all competitions last season with 44 appearances, but was asked to look for a new challenge at the turn of the year.
The striker has been linked to a move to Chelsea in the past few weeks, with Thomas Tuchel believed to be interested in bringing him to Stamford Bridge.
FC Bayern would reportedly be open to a £ 54m offer to make a profit with his husband if he leaves.
Moving to Chelsea seems like a good move for all parties as the Blues lack high quality options across the board.
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Players like Hakim Ziyech and Callum Hudson-Odoi struggled to establish themselves as key figures under Tuchel’s leadership and the addition of Sane would be an upgrade for both players.
However, should Chelsea decide to meet Bayern’s asking price, it could inadvertently give City a small advantage in this year’s Premier League title race.
The defending champion has a 10 percent sale clause in Sane’s contract, which means he would raise around £ 5.4million from the move, according to the Manchester Evening News.
While City’s potential windfall is probably not exaggerated, it could prove to be the difference in January if they decide to continue their search for a new top-notch striker.
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Mid-season moves are notoriously difficult to plan and the extra money won by Sane’s proposed move could help the Manchester heavyweights finally replace Sergio Aguero.
However, it has been alleged that Chelsea could look into the possibility of a player-plus-cash deal with Bayern, which would likely result in a reduction in City’s sales package.
Big names like Ziyech, Hudson-Odoi and Christian Pulisic have all been touted as potential Makeweights in the past few weeks.
It remains to be seen whether the Blues will implement their reported interest in Sane in January as Tuchel’s side are already in a strong position to fight for this season’s Premier League title.
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The German coach recently admitted he was pleased with the strength of his squad after adding returning striker Romelu Lukaku and Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez this summer.
“I am absolutely satisfied with our squad and the alternatives we have,” Tuchel told reporters.
“That means we may not have the biggest squad, but we have a very competitive squad in all positions.
“On the one hand, this is necessary because we are involved in a lot of competitions and we are playing the World Club Cup in December.
“We played a long time last season and there was the European Championship and the Copa America. So if we want to keep up, we need this level.”