Bayern finally gets its man, signs Leroy Sane from Man City


Manchester City midfielder Leroy Sane scores his side's second goal during the first leg, round of sixteen, Champions League match between Schalke 04 and Manchester City at Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, Wednesday Feb. 20, 2019. (Michael Probst/AP)

MUNICH — Bayern Munich has ended a long pursuit and finally signed German winger Leroy Sane from Manchester City.

The Bavarian powerhouse said Friday that the 24-year-old former Schalke player has signed a five-year deal through June 2025 and will start preparing for the upcoming season next week.

Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says, “He is an outstanding player who has proven his qualities over the past few years, especially in the national team. Our goal is to gather the best German players at FC Bayern and the signing of Leroy emphasizes this goal.”

City was already resigned to losing the pacey forward, who had one year left on his contract with the Premier League side. Coach Pep Guardiola said Sane had rejected “two or three” offers to extend his contract.

Bayern is reportedly paying 50 million euros ($56.3 million) for the player, less than half what the club expected to pay last year before he sustained a serious knee ligament injury in the Community Shield against Liverpool on Aug. 4. The injury put a hold on the move and Sane only returned for City as a late substitute against Burnley on June 22. It was his only league appearance since the injury.

Sane is Bayern’s third reinforcement for the new season after the free transfers of goalkeeper Alexander Nubel from league rival Schalke and 18-year-old defender Tanguy Nianzou Kouassi from Paris Saint-Germain.

Sane has five goals in 21 appearances for Germany since making his debut in 2015.

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