Gre­al­ish on City radar if Sane moves to Bay­ern

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport - By Mike McGrath

Manch­ester City will con­sider Jack Gre­al­ish as a sum­mer tar­get should they re­ceive their ask­ing price from Bay­ern Mu­nich for Leroy Sane.

Gre­al­ish is ex­pected to be the sub­ject of bids when the Premier League sea­son ends, with Manch­ester United also watch­ing his sit­u­a­tion at As­ton Villa as they bat­tle to avoid Premier League rel­e­ga­tion.

Pep Guardi­ola is a huge ad­mirer of Gre­al­ish, de­scrib­ing him as “one of the best play­ers in the league” be­fore fac­ing Villa in the EFL Cup fi­nal this sea­son.

Guardi­ola has stated he is not look­ing for a like-for-like re­place­ment for Sane as a left-sided for­ward but Gre­al­ish, 24, is seen as some­one who can op­er­ate in cen­tral mid­field and as an attacker. He is also a player who will boost the home-grown quota of play­ers for Premier League clubs.

Sane has made it clear he wants to leave City for Bay­ern and has re­fused to sign a new con­tract, mean­ing he could de­part at the end of next sea­son with­out a fee.

Bay­ern’s val­u­a­tion of £35 mil­lion is con­sid­ered de­risory at City, who would rather let Sane’s con­tract ex­pire than ac­cept a deal be­low mar­ket value. An even­tual trans­fer is ex­pected to go be­yond £50 mil­lion.

Gre­al­ish will come into City’s think­ing if that deal can be struck. Guardi­ola will also lose David Silva from mid­field at the end of the cam­paign and cen­tre-back is an area that needs strength­en­ing.

United have been long-term ad­mir­ers of Gre­al­ish, who saw a £25 mil­lion move to Tot­ten­ham col­lapse two years ago. Ole Gun­nar Sol­sk­jaer looked at home-grown tal­ent last sum­mer when he brought in Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bis­saka and Daniel James, with Gre­al­ish fit­ting the bill as young player with po­ten­tial, rather than a mar­quee sign­ing.

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