Today’s fluff will be breaking boulders
Bayern Munich are locked in talks with Manchester City over Leroy Sané, according to the Daily Record, and have already been given permission to speak to the player’s representatives about his contract in Bavaria. Bayern, who will lose both Arjen Robben and Franck Ribéry this summer, are seeking youth and creativity, and Sané – who started only 21 of City’s 38 top-flight matches this season, and four of 10 in the Champions League – has overtaken Lille’s Nicolas Pépé to be seen as their ideal recruit. What’s more, as the Record explains, “Sané has rejected a series of offers to upgrade and extend a contract that expires in the summer of 2021”, while “the young German is unhappy with his status in Pep Guardiola’s squad and has come into conflict with the Catalan coach on more than one occasion”.
That might clear the way for Manchester United to move for Pépé, a long-term target, while some bloke on TalkSport has said of Kalidou Koulibaly that “I’ve heard that him coming to United is very close”. Meanwhile the Mirror suggests that Manchester United will hand £12m to Alexis Sánchez next season just to make sure he doesn’t play for them, with the club resigned to paying half of his wages in order to convince any other club – with a loan move to Inter considered the most likely outcome – to take him off their hands. In other wildly-overpaid-player news, £350,000-a-week Mesut Özil is in no hurry to leave north London – “I’ve got two more years on my contract and I am proud to be at this club and really happy here. I don’t think there is any chance of me leaving” – while £600,000-a-week Gareth Bale “doesn’t fancy returning to Spurs”, according to the Mirror, but might end up at Paris St-Germain.