Manchester United are reportedly interested in signing Bayern Munich winger Leroy Sane this summer and if he were to join, he could be Erik ten Hag’s own version of Neymar at Old Trafford.
The opening game defeat against Brighton highlighted United’s deficiencies in attack and defence, and the Dutch manager will surely be desperate for new signings this month.
In Sane, they would be getting a player who has already shown he can be incredibly dangerous in England, as he contributed an impressive 37 goals and 46 assists in 134 appearances while playing in the blue half of Manchester.
He earned a reputation as one of the quickest players in the Premier League during his time with the Citizens, so would definitely add some pace and counter-attacking threat at United.
He then earned a move to Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich, where he has managed 25 goals and 28 assists in 91 appearances.
Last season he earned plenty of praise from manager Julian Nagelsmann after a starring performance in their 5-2 Champions League win against Benfica.
He said: “He was incredible, I thought. He had many great moments. The way he beat three players in the second half was unbelievable. So many moments the fans would have enjoyed.”
The Germany international would reportedly be available for around £59m this summer and while that would be a significant investment, Sunday’s performance emphasised just how desperate United are for quality additions.
According to FbRef, the most similar player to Sane in terms of style of play is PSG and Brazil winger Neymar and it’s clear to see why. The former scores above the 90th percentile for shots per game, progressive passes received, assists and non-penalty goals, which emphasises his ability in the final third.
As for Neymar, he also ranks above the 90th percentile for progressive passes received, assists and is in the top 89% for non-penalty goals, displaying their similarities.
Furthermore, WhoScored also suggests that both Sane and Neymar excel at dribbling, passing and playing key passes, while both also like to do layoffs, dribble and cut inside, which again suggests that they are very comparable players.
Considering the Brazilian has shown in his time at Barcelona and PSG that he is one of the best players of his generation, United would surely regret turning a player similar to him down.
Therefore, considering United’s problems in attack and Sane’s obvious capabilities, the Glazers should try and bring the German back to Manchester this summer.