Manchester City winger Leroy Sane may have hit a stumbling block in his reported pursuit of a move to Bayern Munich.
The 24-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to the Bavarian giants, despite having spent much of the past 12 months sidelined through injury.
Sane arrived at the Etihad in 2016 with sky-high potential, and has since scored 39 goals and supplied 45 assists from 134 appearances in all competitions.
However, the German star has had some attitude problems under City boss Pep Guardiola, leaving some figures unconvinced as to his pedigree as a Bayern talent.
Willy Sagnol, a former Bayern player and current interim boss, has been particularly critical of Sane of late.
He admitted to French outlet RMC, as quoted by Goal, that signing Sane would do Bayern more harm than good, suggesting they move for Bayer Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz instead.
He said: “He doesn’t correspond at all to Bayern in terms of his character. He’s someone whose form is very inconsistent and who is very withdrawn.
“For me, he doesn’t suit the club at all. He’s had a lot of problems at Manchester City and with the national team.
“We’re talking about a cost of £72 million. In that case, I would rather put another £18 million down and sign Kai Havertz.”
Sagnol’s predecessor Niko Kovac had initially led the charge to add Sane to his squad.
But after losing his job earlier in 2019, Bayern’s desire to sign the player fell into the hands of the club’s new leadership.
Following Sagnol’s comments, we can be certain that any move for Sane won’t happen during his tenure.
Though his recommendations regarding an alternative buy in Havertz suggest that Sagnol does not expect to remain in the job for the long-term.
Sane is out of contract next summer, and so long as a new manager displaces Sagnol in that time, a big-money deal remains a possibility.
The Bayern Munich fanbase remain fairly optimistic about a deal though, while former president Uli Hoeness is hopeful that the deal will go ahead.