HUNT FOR THE SANE: Bayern Munich to step up summer transfer pursuit of Man City ace Leroy Sane

BAYERN MUNICH have reportedly held talks with Italian fixer Giovanni Branchini as they continue their interest in Leroy Sane.

The Manchester City flier’s ACL injury, which is expected to keep him out until February, means a January swoop is unlikely.

But Goal reports that Bayern are hopeful of completing a deal in the summer after being pictured meeting Branchini.

Sane, 23, was heavily linked with a return to Germany after the last window but City dug in and kept hold of him.

The winger faced competition for a spot in the starting XI with the likes of Raheem Sterling, Bernardo Silva and Riyad Mahrez for company.

He started the Community Shield win over Liverpool but suffered his devastating injury after just 13 minutes to end any chances of a late move.

City drew 1-1 with Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday night in a disappointing result that nevertheless secured top spot in their group.

And Pep Guardiola was pleased despite a dodgy performance, explaining: “The target was to qualify and we have done it,” said the Spaniard, who won the Champions League twice when in charge of Barcelona.

“This competition in February will be completely different, tougher. We’ll see in which conditions we arrive there. This competition is about the details.

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