Bayern Munich are reportedly convinced that Leroy Sane wants to make the move to the Allianz Arena from Manchester City.
The German giants were in hot pursuit of the City winger – who has been out since the start of the season after sustaining anterior knee ligament damage – last summer but a move failed to come to fruition.
But according to The Athletic, Sane has told friends that he wants to raise his daughter in Germany, and sources close to Sane are confident the deal will finally be sealed this time round.
However, one significant hurdle that remains is Bayern agreeing a transfer fee with Pep Guardiola’s side.
It has been reported that there is currently a stand-off between both Bayern and City.
Sportsmail stated that City will allow Sane to run down his contract if Bayern fail to match the club’s valuation when the transfer window reopens.
Sane has one year remaining on his deal with the Premier League champions, who grew increasingly exasperated with what they deemed unscrupulous tactics by Bayern last summer.
City maintain they will not be bullied into selling the 24-year-old after reports emanating from Germany claimed the Bundesliga giants were ready to launch a £35m bid.
That particular evaluation has been laughed off by club sources, who insist Pep Guardiola is happy to include Sane in his squad for next season despite unease over the player’s future. A contract extension remains on the table.
City believed Sane, who will be fit for first-team action when football returns, to be worth in the region of £140m last year when Bayern made their interest public.
The winger would not fetch those sort of figures now, given he is entering the final 12 months of his contract and the coronavirus pandemic’s impact on transfer fees moving forward.