Manchester City have been informed that Schalke’s Leroy Sane will cost them a staggering 55 million euro, The Sun reports.
City manager Manuel Pellegini have scouted the 19-year-old midfielder closely, although sources close to the Etihad suggests no bid has been made so far but if the proposed deal succeeds then the youngster will become the most expensive German footballer ever in Premier League as the €55 million euro transfer fee would surpass the record €55 million spent by Arsenal to sign Ozil from Real Madrid in 2013.
However unconfirmed reports claim City hierarchy will not give green signal for the move as Sane’s club demanding such a huge transfer fee.
Liverpool and Manchester United have also shown interest in Sane. Jurgen Klopp is said to be a long-term admirer of the Schalke winger after watching his gradual improvement as a youngster in Bundesliga and Leroy Sane was one of the players who were linked with Liverpool immediately after Klopp’s appointment as Anfield’s new manager. They even stepped up a bid worth £10million.
The promising German youngster won the first cap for his national team last November in a friendly against France and is regarded as one of the Bundesliga’s hottest prospects in near future.
Leroy Sane is also scouted by Bayern Munich chief Pep Guardiola, who is most likely to take charge at the Etihad next season.
Yet it is suggested that Manchester City are right now not interested to do any kind of business this January unless they face an injury nightmare.
However, Schalke chairman of the board Clemens Tonnies have now confirmed that the German side have not yet received “an official offer” for the attacking midfielder, who netted four goals and set up a further four during the first half of the Bundesliga season.
“We have decided to not sell Leroy,” Tonnies said in an interview with Recklinghauser Zeitung.
“Should anyone be interested in Leroy, it just confirms the outstanding work of our youth academy. But we have decided to not sell Leroy, and the player does not want to leave Schalke. And thus it [a transfer] is not an issue.”
Sane’s contract at the Veltins Arena runs until 2019, but his contract surprisingly doesn’t have any release clause. Schalke currently are sixth in the Bundesliga and fighting for the the Champions League qualification spot. The German side is now in Florida preparing for the second chapter of the season.