German giants Bayern Munich are reportedly working behind-the-scenes on a deal to sign Leroy Sane from Manchester City this month.
The 24-year-old winger was strongly linked with a move to the Bundesliga champions over the summer but ended up staying at the Etihad.
He suffered a huge setback, however, when he tore his anterior cruciate ligament during City’s win over Liverpool in the Community Shield in August, and has been sidelined ever since.
But according to German publication SportBild that has not put off Bayern from trying to complete a deal for their long-term target, and they are thought to be continuing to pursue Sane in an attempt to sign him before the end of the transfer window.
Sane is expected to return to action in February, and Bayern think he could give the team a big boost as they look to turn around their so-far disappointing season, with the Bavarians lying in third place in the table.
City manager Pep Guardiola recently refused to speculate about Sane’s future, insisting that he is currently only focused on the German international returning to full fitness.
When asked about the interest from Bayern, Guardiola said: “It’s a question for Leroy, his agents and the club. I am not involved. What’s important now is that he recovers well.
“After that, he knows what we believe in him, what we think of him and the rest is up to him and the club. “It’s not awkward (that Sane wants to leave) because I can’t see him on the pitch. He is a nice person, I know him quite well.
“I was the guy who pushed the club and asked him to come here. But each one has his own family, desires and dreams.”
Sane has spent three-and-a-half seasons at City, with last season his most impressive yet after he scored 16 goals in 47 games to help the team to a domestic treble.