Bayern finally gets its man, signs Leroy Sané

MUNICH (AP) – Bayern Munich finally ended its long pursuit of Leroy Sané yesterday, signing the Germany winger from Manchester City to a five-year contract.

The German club said the 24-year-old former Schalke player agreed to a deal through June 2025 and will start preparing for the upcoming season next week.

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

City was already resigned to losing the speedy forward, who had one year left on his contract. City manager Pep Guardiola said Sané had rejected “two or three” offers to extend his contract.

Bayern will reportedly pay USD56.3 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 August 4.

The injury put a hold on the move and Sané only returned for City on June 22.

It was his only league appearance since the injury.

Sané won the Premier League twice, in 2018 and 2019, as well as the FA Cup, three League Cups and two Community Shields since joining City from Schalke in 2016.

“I want to win as many trophies as possible with FC Bayern, and the Champions League is the top priority,” said Sané, who knows Bayern coach Hansi Flick from his time on Germany’s under-21 team.

Sané is already familiar with many of his new teammates from his playing days at Schalke (Leon Goretzka) or German youth teams (Serge Gnabry, Niklas Süle and Joshua Kimmich).