The German international remains a priority target for Bayern Munich, and the former England star feels that signing for the Bavarians will be difficult to resist
German Sane international has emerged as Bayern’s top transfer target this summer, with Bavarians spending the best part of the year chasing a winger.
The 24-year-old has been on the sidelines ever since, although he made one appearance for the U-23 City team before Covid-19 brought English football to a halt in March.
City have made it clear that Sane will not be allowed to leave the Etihad Stadium at cheap prices this summer even though his contract was up in June 2021, with the latest report in Germany showing Bayern was willing to offer him the No.10 shirt in an attempt to convince him to force his way out of the Premier League champions.
And Hargreaves, who represented Bayern and City throughout his playing career, believes the opportunity to play for Bayern will be difficult to turn down for any German player.
“Bayern has always been on the agenda for every top German player when you compete for titles, leagues and the Champions League,” he said BT Sport scholars say Aim.
“With Leroy Sane in Man City, if he leaves, maybe there will only be four teams he will go to. Barcelona, Real Madrid, Juventus and Bayern Munich is the only one who can offer something compared to what he has at City. “
Hargreaves began his professional career at Bayern, winning four Bundesliga titles, three DFB and Pokals The Champions League, but is one of the few English players to play abroad in Europe’s top leagues.
At present a number of young British people are moving to the continent, with Germany’s top flight seen as an ideal league to develop following the success of Jadon Sancho in Borussia Dortmund.
And Hargreaves praised the 20-year-old, who has emerged as one of the division’s most outstanding talents.
“I guess he is [Sancho] deserves a lot of praise because every player who comes out of their comfort zone, “he said.” Here, I only played in Germany because a man saw me being German with German contacts.
“If I grow up EnglishI will play in the Premier League team. For me my path is different, but he can go anywhere. He saw that Dortmund were good at developing young players and gave them platforms.
“I thought the opportunity was there. I was in Germany and I spoke with the director of sports at Augsburg with whom I play. At the time I was training at the Man City academy and I told him ‘there are so many good players at the academy in England that it’s crazy’.
“In Chelsea, [Manchester] United, these guys can’t get the game. That was four years ago. Now it felt like the entry of British children there. Not every child will become Jadon because Jadon is quite special, but I think the faster you play men’s soccer, the better.
“Dele Alli is a great example of going down to League One. He played earlier than Jadon with MK Dons. It was very good for him and he could then go to Tottenham.
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“I think if kids go into a big team academy it’s great, and all the teams want these kids. But you are almost better off doing what Dele did – get out of the academy and play men’s soccer.
“If your academy doesn’t offer you first team football then definitely do what Jadon Sancho does and go to Germany. The Bundesliga is a great place. It’s not at the level of the Premier League but not far behind.”
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