Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness confirms club's interest in Leroy Sane

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Leroy Sane

Earlier this week, Kicker magazine reported that German giants Bayern Munich are trying to acquire the signature of Manchester City winger Leroy Sane.

Before the rumour mill could build on this, Bayern president Uli Hoeness himself confirmed the club’s interest in the youngster.

“We are looking into the player (Sane),” he told the Munich-based newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung.

Before he traded his Schalke colours for that of City, Sane was linked with a move to Bayern. Now the Bundesliga champions have returned to retrieve the player who escaped their grasp in 2016.

Sueddeutsche Zeitung reports that although Pep Guardiola wants the player to stay, City want him out.

Besides, lack of game-time has rendered the German unhappy and he could leave in search of more minutes.

Hoeness is eager to kickstart what he calls “the biggest investment programme in our club’s history” and Sane could be the first name on that list.

With veterans such as Frank Ribery, Arjen Robben and Rafinha set to leave, Bayern are looking at a huge revamp over the summer.

They have already signed World Cup winning full-back pair Lucas Hernandez and Benjamin Parvard from Atletico Madrid and Stuttgart for a combined price of €115 million. Sane could be their next big-money purchase.

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Thomas Tuchel unsure whether Kylian Mbappe and Neymar will stay at PSG

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Paris Saint-Germain head coach Thomas Tuchel has offered no guarantees that star forwards Kylian Mbappe and Neymar will stay at the club.

Mbappe grabbed headlines with his acceptance speech after being named the French professional footballers’ union’s Ligue 1 player of the season, suggesting he may need to consider “a new project”.

Those comments from the 20-year-old World Cup winner fuelled speculation about a move away from the Ligue 1 champions, while Neymar’s future is a source of constant conjecture.

Tuchel felt Mbappe’s comments were unnecessary and admitted he could not be certain the pair would remain at the club.

“As a coach, I do want them to continue, but this is football, we are not naive,” Tuchel told a press conference, as reported by AS.

“Many clubs want to transfer many players and the market is crazy, but if you ask me, the coach, yes, I want them here next season. But if they are not, we will find solutions.

“Mbappe has goals, he is very intelligent and maybe he thought it was time to say it, but he is invited, like all PSG players, to assume responsibilities.

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“It is not necessary to make a speech to say that. He’s a special guy, he wants to score, score and score, win all the possible titles… we have to accept it, I’m not angry.”

Tuchel has guided PSG to another dominant league campaign, but the club once again fell short in the Champions League after their shock last-16 exit to Manchester United.

That has raised pressure on the German manager, but he insists he is determined to help the club move forward.

“It’s always my goal to grow and learn, that’s why I’m here,” he added. “It’s a gift to be a coach, it was important for me to work in another country, it’s a great experience, but it’s just the beginning.

“The last phase of the season was a bit difficult, we made an analysis, the club knows it and now we have to improve.”

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Transfer predictor: Ivan Rakitic to Man United is a 5, Adrien Rabiot to Atletico Madrid a 6

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Struggling to pick out the facts from the figures? Reality from the rubbish? Sense from the silly season? We’ve got you sorted in our daily dose of the Transfer Predictorwhere we round up the latest rumours with an analytical spin.

We sort through the most eye-catching transfer reports of the past 24 hours and give a balanced judgment on whether the move really will happen – and why.

Today’s edition features potential signings for Manchester City, Manchester United and Atletico Madrid.

JOAO CANCELO

Cancelo

RUMOUR: Juventus -> €60m -> Manchester City

The Premier League champions have approached Juventus to discuss a deal for the flying Portugal right-back, according to Record.

WHY IT WILL HAPPEN: Pep Guardiola’s ambitions are not sated by successive top-flight wins. A desire to bolster ranks for a push at the Champions League burns bright. Cancelo could be sacrificed, for the right price, by Juve after a debut season that began brightly, but has fizzled out.

WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN: A change of regime for Juve with the exit of head coach Massimiliano Allegri could see the 24-year-old retained. Plus, England’s Kyle Walker is already resident at Etihad Stadium and he cost £50 million in July 2017. With Vincent Kompany gone and Nicolas Otamendi reported to be going, City’s priorities may lie in the centre of defence.

TRANSFER PREDICTOR: 5/10

IVAN RAKITIC

0302 Rakitic Focus

RUMOUR: Barcelona -> €55m -> Manchester United

United are working on a deal to draft in the experienced Croatia centre midfielder as a replacement for Paris Saint-Germain bound Ander Herrera, according to Daily Record.

WHY IT WILL HAPPEN: The Red Devils are desperate for reinforcements in midfield and they wouldn’t come more rarefied than Rakitic. The 31-year-old has been an immense buy for Barca, but this summer’s arrival of Frenkie de Jong threatens to limit his role. A desire to cash-in to fund purchases of Ajax centre-back Matthijs de Ligt and Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann also increases the odds of a sale.

WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN: United are rudderless and out of the Champions League. Why would Rakitic want to swap the Camp Nou for that? Especially when PSG and Inter Milan continue to be linked. A fee of €55m and enormous wages for someone in their thirties may not appeal for manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

TRANSFER PREDICTOR: 5/10

ADRIEN RABIOT

Rabiot

RUMOUR: Unattached -> Free -> Atletico Madrid

The PSG outcast has emerged as Los Rojiblancos’ No1 replacement for Rodri if he departs this summer, according to AS.

WHY IT WILL HAPPEN: If Man City or Barcelona pay Spain defensive midfielder Rodri’s release clause, Atleti will be helpless to prevent an exit. Rabiot is only 24-years old, but he represents an experienced replacement with 227 PSG matches already notched. An availability on a free transfer only makes him more alluring.

WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN: Rabiot has endured a horrific season. Disciplinary issues and a reluctance to extend a contract that expires this summer has meant he hasn’t played since December. Will Atleti want to introduce such an incendiary figure into their squad? There is also reported to be strong competing interest from United and Juventus. Can Atleti compete on wages and signing-on fee?

TRANSFER PREDICTOR: 6/10

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