Barcelona are looking to finish off the transfer window strong and they should have the funds to complete one or two more transfers with the planned exits of key players drawing nearer. With that in mind, Christian Falk has today linked the La Liga champions with a move for Bayern forward Leroy Sane.
In his column, Falk details the interest but confirmed that a deal for the Bayern man would be difficult with Sane already deciding that he’ll stay in Germany for the 2023 season and then look at his future next summer.
"With Ousmane Dembele set to join Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona, Leroy Sané is seen as a replacement for the French winger, according to Spanish media. The €50m transfer Barca will receive from PSG would be enough to bring Sané to Barcelona and Bayern are open to a sale. The German international has already decided to play at Bayern Munich this season so it would be difficult to convince him to leave as his contract at the Allianz Arena runs until 2025. In addition to this, the former Man City star doesn’t want to think about his future until next summer."
Sane is an interesting name as he would seemingly be a like-for-like replacement for Ousmane Dembele who is set to sign for PSG later today.
A powerful and quick winger, Sane operates on the right and often cuts in on his stronger left foot. He’s technically very good and has scored 21 times since joining Bayern from Manchester City for €80 million.
Is another wide forward really a priority for Barcelona?
With Dembele leaving, it’s no surprise that Barca are being linked with a number of wide forwards, but is that the area they really need to strengthen?
They still have Ferran Torres and Raphinha. Fati and Abde may be more comfortable on the left, but they will almost certainly do a job for you on the right.
If Xavi persists in playing Pedri as a false left winger to solidify midfielder and dominate possession, that means there will be four players fighting for one spot, and that’s not including Lamine Yamal whose cameo against AC Milan made a statement of intent on his future.
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Instead of adding another forward, it’s imperative that Barca use the money generated from the Dembele, Kessie and Lenglet sales to solidify the right-back position, an area of weakness for some time and an area that was exploited by opponents on the US tour.