Man City itching to seal deal for speedy sensation, fear rivals will join race

According to reports from The Telegraph, Manchester City are keen to wrap up a deal for top transfer target Leroy Sane before competition for his signature intensifies.

The 20-year-old is incredibly highly-rated in Germany, to the extent that he claimed a slot in Joachim Lowe’s Euro 2016 squad despite making just 57 senior appearances for his current employers FC Schalke.

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The speedy winger bagged eight goals and six assists in 33 Bundesliga outings last season, whilst averaging 2.8 successful dribbles per match, and his promising form clearly caught the eye of former Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola.

Indeed, Guardiola’s Manchester City have been linked with Sane continuously in recent weeks, with some German sources claiming he’s already agreed a four-year contract with the Premier League title hopefuls.

The Citizens are eager to get a deal over the line before other major European clubs become drawn to the Schalke sensation, but there is still some disagreement over Sane’s transfer fee.

The Bundesliga outfit want £42million for their star prodigy, which would make him the joint-most expensive German footballer of all time alongside Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil, but City are only prepared to pay £35million.

City are hopeful of reaching a compromise, but once again fear that continental and domestic rivals could become involved in the race if negotiations drag on.