Cape Town - Manchester City are reportedly willing to
consider Bayern Munich's offer for Leroy Sane, provided they include Joshua
Kimmich in their transfer bid.
Right-back Kimmich, 24, is increasingly at odds with his
bosses at the Allianz Arena over which position he sees himself eventually
playing in, as he wants to feature as a central midfielder entering his peak
It was under Pep Guardiola that Kimmich got his big break
and the City boss has continued to keenly follow his impressive career
City will lose David Silva next year and possibly
Fernandinho as well, so might require another body to supplement the youthful
legs of Rodri and Phil Foden.
The Citizens are demanding £138 million for Sane, who is out until
the new year after he damaged cruciate knee ligaments playing against Liverpool
in the Community Shield win earlier this month.
The belief inside the Etihad is Bayern simply do not have
the cash and have instead tried to force his price down with their public
pursuit of the player all summer.
City's new contract offer to Sane remains on the table but
if Bayern do come calling again, Kimmich, who is valued at around £65 million, could
have his name cheekily thrown into the pot by the Premier League champs to
counter any low-ball offer.
Kimmich has three years remaining on his Bayern deal but his
club are planning a major squad rebuild and the tough-tackling star does not
want to be left behind on wages.
The Citizens would certainly be able to better his salary at
Bayern and move to the Premier League might appeal to the man capped 42 times
Plenty of German stars have shone in England's top division
and the Guardiola connection means that it is not fanciful that the versatile
star might end up playing for the blue half of Manchester.
The boss has an excellent record of recruiting the right
players and, although keen to keep Sane, bringing in Kimmich might be of
benefit in the long run.
Whether the Bundesliga giants are willing to do the deal is
open to question but their pursuit of Sane is expected to continue and it may
be that compromise is needed from both parties for the saga to have a happy