If you watched Bayern Muncih’s 4-0 opening day win over Werder Bremen, you’d have come away impressed with Leroy Sane. The German forward scored twice and was rightly voted player of the match for his performance, and apparently Barcelona were interested in bringing the Essen-born speedster to Spain this summer.
According to a report in the German newspaper BILD, Barcelona explored the option of Sane but was told he had no interest in making the move.
Sane has recaptured his best form under Thomas Tuchel, and the former Manchester City man looked revitalised to start the new season. He was confident on the ball, his pace was an ever-present danger and his link-up with new striker Harry Kane was noticeable from the first whistle, with the England #9 springing Sane for the first goal of the game after just 4 minutes.
Sane is only contracted to Bayern until 2025, and Barcelona potentially saw him as the perfect replacement for Ousmane Dembele who completed his move to PSG last week. Dembele made his debut for the Parisians in a 1-1 draw away at Toulouse, being brought on in this second half.
Barcelona still have plenty of work to do in the transfer window
It’s believed that Joao Cancelo will arrive in Barcelona this week, solving the conundrum of who to play at right-back. But chances are Barca’s transfer business won’t be done just yet. Xavi is still looking for another inside forward to join the ranks, with Bernardo Silva now not an option.
Joao Felix is still linked with Barca with the Atlético de Madrid striker intent to wait for Barca to make a move.
With all incomings, there have to be outgoings. Sergino Dest completed his loan move to PSV this morning and Barca is looking to facilitate the permanent exit of Clement Lenglet as soon as possible.
Once completed, the focus needs to be on registering the current squad and looking at options in the forward line. Despite the emergence of Abde and Yamal, Ansu Fati’s future remains clouded and Lewandowski has struggled for form through the first two games of the pre-season.
Barca struggled to break down a disciplined Cadiz team, and that has to be a concern for the powers that be. Ferran Torres certainly helped his cause by coming on to score a goal at the weekend.
Sane would have been the ideal candidate considering he registered 8 goals and 7 assists in the Bundesliga last year, but it wasn’t to be. Sane struggled with homesickness when he made the move from Schalke to Manchester City, so it’s no surprise that he elected to stay in Germany.