Leroy Sane joins FC Bayern Munich
Updated: Jul 4, 2020
It should have been Callum Hudson-Odoi lining out in the red of Bayern Munich. The England winger handed in a transfer request to Chelsea back in January 2019 after Bayern's bosses repeatedly told the media about their interest in him.
Instead, Chelsea played hardball, refusing to let Hudson-Odoi leave during the transfer window and giving him the game time he demanded.
After that failed transfer, Bayern turned their attentions to Leroy Sane. Everybody knew about Bayern Munich's interest once again but Manchester City saw how well Chelsea's strategy worked and would not budge on their asking price.
Pep Guardiola played Sane in the 2019 Community Shield despite all roads leading to Bayern for the young German. There, Sane was injured. An ACL injury which would keep him out for most of the season.
Bayern Munich had missed their man again.
This summer, however, they were not to be beaten a third time. The Premier League season has not yet ended, but already Sane is in Munich.
At a massive discount on the original price tag too, as the 24-year-old was entering the last year of his contract at City after refusing to agree an extension, essentially forcing Pep Guardiola's side to sell him to Bayern or lose him for free next summer.
Chelsea's stubborness in January 2019 has worked out very well for Bayern Munich. Chelsea wanted €35m for Hudson-Odoi, who was unproven at the highest level at the time, but for less than €50m, they have signed Sane instead.
The German is a few years older than the English winger, but has also achieved a lot more in that time, winning multiple league and cup titles as well as the PFA Young Player of the Year award.
Even better for Bayern is the fact that he could become Germany's biggest star and that is infinitely more marketable for a team who prides itself on its local roots.
In Munich, Sane should have no problems winning more and more trophies, including the biggest one of them all - the Champions League.
At his unveiling, he revealed this was his main aim: "For me, the goals are actually very clear. Win as many titles as possible. The Champions League is of course right at the top of the list. I haven't won it yet. I think everyone dreams of the Champions League. And that's why it's a really big goal."
Guardiola has helped turn him into a winner and Bayern can be the team to give him the European title he so desires and that eluded him in Manchester.