Man City transfer blow… Euro giants enter race for £41.7m star after shock development

Manchester City face a genuine battle for the signature of Leroy Sane, with reports from Bild claiming that Bayern Munich have entered the race for him amid worries Arjen Robben will miss six weeks through injury.

The experienced Netherlands international picked up a groin problem in the Bavarians’ first pre-season match, which could rule him out of the club’s entire run-up to the new campaign.

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Even if he makes it back for their Bundesliga opening fixtures, it’s unlikely that Robben will be fully fit, and reports claim that Bayern are looking to respond with a move for Sane.

The 20-year-old winger has emerged as one of the top talents in German football since breaking into the Schalke first-team during the 2014/15 season, and was even a part of his nation’s EURO 2016 set-up.

It’s understood that the BuLi champions have already made contact with their divisional rivals regarding the youngster, which will come as a blow for Man City.

It’s been reported that new Citizens boss Pep Guardiola is desperate to lure Sane to the Etihad Stadium, with the Gelsenkirchen side believed to be willing to sell him for €50m (£41.7m).