If Not Sané, Who's Plan B?
The transfer market doesn't stop and the big teams are already making their moves for the next season (Barcelona?). One of them, Bayern Munich, would be preparing a major operation to strengthen its new project; a transfer that could affect FC Barcelona. WHAT!? Get away, get away!
As reported by German newspaper Bild, the Bundesliga champions could be thinking of signing French youngster Ousmane Dembélé as a "very possible" Plan B, in case Manchester City and the Bavarian don't come to an agreement in the talks for German winger Leroy Sané.
The Germans want the Manchester City winger, as they see in the former Schalke man an ideal footballer for this new project: He's young, he has incredible quality and technique, and he knows the Bundesliga very well. They also see in him the perfect replacement to forget Franck Ribéry and Arjen Robben, who will probably exit the club this upcomming season. However, it seems that it will be hard to lure him away from the Etihad Stadium.
Manchester City is not willing to sell a player that is in Guardiola's plans, and especially if the team is planning to have the best possible players in all positions, in order to continue wining the Premier League and be able to accomplish the dream: The Champions League. The price for the German player could be around £80 million, an amount very similar to that spent by Bayern to acquire Atletico Madrid's Lucas Hernandez.
Bayern will try to do everything possible to sign Sané, but, if they cannot sign him before the end of the transfer window, it's very clear what their next goal will be: Ousmane Dembélé! (The one from Barcelona, not the one from Lyon. I wished it was that one...)
Time for Plan B?
Bayern knows that Barcelona can be reinforced with offensive world class players such as Neymar or Griezmann, and in that case of the former Dortmund star it doesn't seem like he has any chance of playing significant minutes at Barcelona anymore, and will continue his career as a great bench warmer... BAYERN! HELP!
The price for the French man would be similar to Sané's. It's true that FC Barcelona signed him for more than £100 million, but his injuries and famous "bad behaviour" have caused his price to plummet. He is still young, however, (not like that Coutinho flop) so, Barcelona won't be giving a potential world star up that easily.
Bild states that Dembélé’s biggest advocate at Bayern is club CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, while the club's president, Uli Hoeness, has publicly criticized the star’s conduct in August 2017, and subsequently averred he wouldn't have let Dembélé leave at all, had he been in Dortmund’s position. And now, Real Madrid and former Bayern midfielder, Toni Kroos, has said to his German companion not to join them and stay at Man City (Even if the guy left the German club because of Guardiola).
“I do not think the transfer is going to happen anyway, but that’s just my feeling. From Man City’s point of view, I wouldn’t let him (Sane) go, or at least make him so expensive that Bayern would not pay for him” he said to Bild. Now, the summer is long and there is still time to see how this whole story develops, but what's clear is that if both Neymar, and Griezmann end up playing with Messi at the Camp Nou next season, the blaugranas will need to make some cash... And I don't think Coutinho and Malcolm are enough.