Manchester City have agreed to sell winger Leroy Sane to Bayern Munich in a deal worth up to 60 million euros ($67 million), a person familiar with the deal said.
Bayern is set to make an initial payment of 49 million euros and City could receive a further 11 million euros based on Sane’s achievements with the German champions, the person told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity, confirming British media reports, because details of the deal have not been made public.
The 24-year-old Germany international, who joined City from Schalke in 2016, only had one year remaining on his contract in Manchester.
City manager Pep Guardiola confirmed that there were a few kinks that needed to be ironed out before the deal could be announced.
“It looks like it but it’s not already done. There are some little issues but it looks like he is going to go to Munich. We wish him all the best and thanks for our years together,” Guardiola told reporters ahead of Thursday’s Premier League clash against Liverpool.
“He will have another chapter at a fantastic club in Bayern. He wanted to leave. Everyone has their own life and he decided to move on. I would have loved for him to stay but he believed he would be better and happier there.”
Sane only made his return to action last week after recovering from knee ligament damage sustained in the Community Shield in August.
Guardiola has been prepared for Sane’s exit, saying last week there was no urgency to sign a left-sided replacement.
“We have enough good players up front,” Guardiola said. “Gabriel (Jesus) can play on the left, (Phil) Foden can play on the left. We have Raheem (Sterling). Most of them are in good condition. … I think we have other priorities, maybe. I don’t know if after the coronavirus, whether the financial situation for the club will change. We will see at the end of this season.”
While the Bundesliga campaign ended last weekend with Bayern defending the title, the Premier League runs until the end of July after being suspended for three months due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Both City and Bayern remain in the Champions League, which is due to resume with last-16 second legs in August. Sane wouldn’t be able to play for Bayern in the European competition even if the deal was completed by then.