English Premier League (EPL) giant Manchester City are expected to complete their acquisition of Schalke forward Leroy Sane this week. The German club have reportedly agreed a fee of $41.26 million for the 20-year-old.
Sane has expressed his desire to join Manchester City earlier and have not joined Schalke’s base camp on Saturday. The man from Essen, Germany has already said goodbyes to his team-mates and will travel to Manchester soon, according to Mail Online.
The player has been linked with a move to City for a long time, but the fee was proving to be a stumbling block in the deal. The teenage sensation has only completed one full season in the Bundesliga and departing such a large amount for him would have been a huge risk.
The German club wanted a transfer fee of $66.12m for the player, but was also willing to submerge their valuation to around $61.49m. However, with City unwilling to spend so much for an unproven product, Schalke had to accept a reduced value.
Sane made a total of 33 appearances for Schalke last season in the Bundesliga. He scored a total of 8 goals for his team and created 28 chances. He has a shot accuracy of 56% and a pass accuracy of 78%, according to Squawka.
Schalke will now look for replacements to fill Sane’s role at the club. They have already made enquiries to sign Chelsea’s Baba Rahman on loan. Naldo of Wolfsburg and Coke of Sevilla are also in the club’s radar.
The German club has also shown potential interest to sign the likes of Lazar Markovic from Liverpool and Dusan Tadic of Southampton.
Meanwhile, Manchester City are extremely close to signing Brazilian forward Gabriel Jesus from Palmeiras. However, the player will return back to his club on loan until January, next year.
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