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Sane's wage demands 'too high' for Bayern.


BAYERN Munich have hinted that their bid for Leroy Sane failed over the player's wage demands.

The City winger was the subject of intense speculation during the summer transfer window, with the Blues finally slapping a price tag of between PS137m and PS145m on him.

Bayern appeared increasingly confident of securing a deal for a player they identified as one of the successors to outgoing pair Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery.

And Blues boss Pep Guardiola seemed increasingly unsure that Sane, who was not a regular in the team last season, wanted to sign the new City contract he has on the table.

But when Sane suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury during the Community Shield win over Liverpool last month, it seemed to have killed any hope of a deal, at least for the time being.

With the German transfer window not closing until Monday, there was still speculation that Sane might sign and continue his rehabilitation from the injury under the eye of the Bayern medical staff.

That did not happen, and when the Bundesliga club's sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic was questioned about the failure to land Sane, he hinted that the problem was financial.

There has been a suspicion that Sane was using Bayern to try to eke a better deal out of City, or maybe even trying to sell himself to the highest bidder in terms of wages.

Sane's new Blues deal was expected to take him to PS170,000 a week, with City's incentive scheme meaning he could earn plenty more than that.

And with the Blues' kit sponsors Puma said to be considering a lucrative boot deal with the exciting young talent, it was a tempting package.

Salihamidzic refused to comment when asked if they would have landed Sane had he not got injured, but he also suggested that financial constraints played a part in the fact Bayern did not go through with a deal, amid suggestions that Sane's salary demands would have broken the club's wage structure.

Bayern's top earner Robert Lewandowski is said to have been given a new deal worth close to PS350,000 a week, and Salihamidzic recently spoke of the need to stick to their salary structure "if only because we cannot afford to do otherwise".


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Publication:Manchester Evening News (Manchester, United Kingdom)
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Date:Sep 4, 2019
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