Wednesday 26 October 2016

City warned deal for Schalke's Sane not done

Schalke’s Leroy Sane.
Schalke’s Leroy Sane.

Manchester City have been warned that they have not yet landed Germany ace Leroy Sane.

The Blues have been in pole position all summer to pick up the Schalke winger in a £40million-plus deal.

But reports that the deal with the Blues is already done, and personal terms agreed with the player were refuted by Sane's dad Souleymane.

He warned that two of Europe's most powerful clubs are also in the hunt for the player, who Pep Guardiola made one of his prime summer targets.

"Real Madrid and Bayern are also still in mix," said Sane senior.

Bayern were initially hoping to stall Sane for a season, as next year a release clause in his contract kicks in, meaning he would be available for £29million.

But Arjen Robben has been injured in a pre-season friendly, and they could now try to hijack City's deal.

Real have not been on the scene at all, but they have a habit of arriving late and snatching players, as they did with City target Isco three years ago.

Meanwhile, departing Spain boss Vicente del Bosque would be delighted to see Guardiola in his shoes, and promoted him as a unifying candidate for the country.

"Guardiola is the best coach around at the moment, there is no doubt about it. He got a great education and has since only developed," he said.

"In the past, we brought in coaches from abroad. Now our coaches are the ones moving abroad. We are proud of someone like Guardiola. We could never have imagined this a few years ago.

"I don't see any reason why Guardiola could not coach Spain. Of course, he is Catalan, but is it not our job to unify people? It would be great if football could help bringing Catalunya and the rest of the country closer again.

"He would probably not make as much money as Spain coach as he makes at a club, but I don't think that's important for people who have already made a lot of money."

Inter Milan have admitted defeat in their pursuit of Yaya Toure .

The Italian giants have tracked the City midfielder since last summer - and hoped to lure him to Serie A following their takeover by Chinese investors. But Toure has made it clear he will not join up with former manager Roberto Mancini at the San Siro.

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