Man United blow as rivals close in on £40m Germany striker – report

Man City are closing in on a £40m deal to sign Leroy Sane from Schalke, according to reports

Manchester City are on the verge of signing Manchester United target Leroy Sane, according to reports in England.

The Schalke forward is rated as one of Europe’s most-promising forwards after an impressive season at the Bundesliga outfit.

Sane scored eight times and made six assists in 33 appearances in the German top flight last season for Schalke.

New United manager Jose Mourinho was thought to be interested in signing the 20-year-old attacking midfielder to improve his attacking option in the Red Devils squad this summer.

However, according to a report in the Daily Star, City are hoping to complete a £40m deal for Sane this week amid talk of interest from Champions League holders Real Madrid.

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City have appointed former Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola as their new manager after Manuel Pellegrini led the Citizens to a fourth-placed finish in his final season in charge at the Etihad Stadium.

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