Good Evening Blues! Sit tight, because we have been bombarded with movements involving Joao Cancelo and Leroy Sané. This one’s a doozy
Re-pack Those Bags João!
I am just gonna start by warning you that there will be a lot of information coming at you from a lot of different sources. Here is my best attempt to bring it all together coherently!
The latest buzz around Juventus has been about the potential swap deal with Manchester United involving Romelu Lukaku and Paulo Dybala. Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici even travelled to London to hold discussions with United about the structure of the deal. Today, it has come out as well, via Corriere Torino, that this was not the only thing on Paratici’s agenda while in London.
Talks have resumed between Manchester City and Juventus over the transfer of João Cancelo. Since this, a multitude of reports have been made that talks have ramped up again with hope a deal can be struck. Calcio Mercato state today that City are finally close to securing the services of the Portuguese international. Significant steps have been taken towards the completion of the transfer.
Tutto Mercato are backing this up, adding that City are ‘in a hurry’ to finalise the deal, and officials have confirmed the club’s desires to bring the fullback to the club. The issues seem to have been resolved after the meetings in London. But here is where the confusion seems to lie. According to Calcio Mercato, City have agreed to pay all in cash, and remove any talk of Danilo in the deal. This figure would be in the €50-€55 million range.
However, Sam Lee, who has a very good track record with City, reports that there has been movement again in Danilo’s departure, which has been holding up City’s move for Cancelo since the beginning of the summer. The problem has been that Danilo has been unable to find a club of a high enough standard that would offer him regular football, via Fabrizio Romano, Tutto Sport, and Sport Media Set have all stated earlier today that Juventus have begun to consider taking the Brazilian as part of the deal in an attempt to get it over the line. The Italian club want a total value of €60 million for the transfer, with Danilo being valued at about €20 million of that value. Lastly, Nico Schira has stated that Manchester City have a contract all ready for João Cancelo, worth around €4.5 million a season, going until 2024. The proposed deal from City stands at €35 million plus Danilo, according to Luca Fiorino.
Last night, Bayern Munich lost on penalties to Tottenham in the Audi Cup Final. More importantly, however, was that Kingsley Coman went down with about 20 minutes to go in the match and was substituted, making him the second first team winger in as many days to go down injured, following Serge Gnabry yesterday. Coincidence or not, since this match the reports of Leroy Sané’s potential move to Bayern this summer have blown up. With minutes to go in the match yesterday, BILD reported that the German champions have officially submitted an offer to both Manchester City and Sané himself.
Fabrizio Romano also stated earlier today that Bayern are in ‘advanced talks’ with City over the German winger. The need for a winger has possibly forced Bayern’s hand, who previously looked confident but were appearing to be playing hard ball, hoping Sané would make some noise himself in an attempt to get the transfer completed. Bayern’s have made ‘fierce advances’, according to Kicker, and are ‘apparently’ set to be ‘crowned with success’. The transfer is getting closer, and Sané himself would have ‘finally opted’ to return home to German football. The fee would be over €100 million, who would sign a 4 or 5 year contract.
BILD adds that with the transfer fee and contract together, Sané’s transfer package would become the largest in Bundesliga history, with a total value of €200 million. Pep Guardiola gave Leroy Sané two options: extend his deal or leave this summer, and it has never been in Sané’s plan to extend, BILD also emphasise, however, that there is no agreement in place, but that the player wants to play for Bayern ‘in the future’. The distribution of the guaranteed transfer fee may take a few more days – and includes the small chance of failure.
Meanwhile in England, City are maintaining their stance that no movement has occurred in the situation. Simon Mullock of the Mirror states that Bayern Munich are yet to submit an official bid for Leroy Sané. This is echoed by Simon Bajkowski of the Manchester Evening News as well, adding that nothing has changed in the with the player despite the reports from Germany.
There is potential that the reports on these two heating up at the same time are related. Pep Guardiola has been working on a different system involving the fullbacks joining the attack much more often, with a central midfielder holding deep alongside Fernandinho or Rodri to protect the defence. With Benjamin Mendy and Angelino, City are anything but short on attacking options down the left, but neither Kyle Walker or Danilo are known for their attacking abilities. Enter João Cancelo, who is a menace going forward down the right hand side.
Leroy Sané’s downfall, mainly last season, has been his inability to play on the right cutting inside in City’s system. This is why Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva became mainstays in the side down the stretch towards the title. If Pep is leaning towards using a system with this personnel type for this upcoming season, João Cancelo could possibly be Sané’s not-so-direct replacement.
A late twist in the day, came from the official Bayern Munich Twitter account! They had this to say following the reports today:
“News reports made today stating that Leroy Sané has decided to join FC Bayern do not correspond to the facts.”
Following all the reports coming from the saga today, James Ducker reported that if the German was to leave the club, City would not be looking to sign a replacement in this window.
After every possible report linking Leroy away from the club, up steps the English heavyweights. Stuart Brennan, Martin Blackburn and Jack Gaughan have all reported tonight that City have slapped a £135 million price tag on Sané. They also say that City do not want to sell the German and will only do so if the player wants the move and the requested fee is met.
Something tells me that Pep Guardiola’s press conference is going to be interesting tomorrow…
This might never end or is the end in sight?
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