The Daily Telegraph - Business : 2020-07-01

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3 The Daily Telegraph Wednesday 1 July 2020 ** to inspire the ‘new’ United City agree Sane sale to Bayern for £54.8m fee By Mike McGrath Manchester City have agreed a £54.8million fee for Leroy Sane to complete his move to Bayern Munich, where he will sign a four-year deal worth £385,000 a week. The Germany internatio­nal returns to the Bundesliga after failing to agree a new contract with City, who had been willing to pay only around half the wages Bayern have agreed, and had decided to open negotiatio­ns for the 24-year-old rather than risk losing him for free next year when his terms expired. City will receive £44.7million up front, with £10.1million in add-ons depending on his success in his homeland. They also have a sell-on clause, under which they would receive 10 per cent of the profits from his next move. Sane will fly out to Munich to complete the move and will stay in Germany for the rest of the season, rather than return for City’s Champions League campaign. He will be eligible to play for his new club next season. Pep Guardiola, the City manager, revealed last week that Sane had rejected contract offers from the Homeward bound: Leroy Sane is heading back to Germany after Manchester City agreed a £54.8 million deal with Bayern Munich Solskjaer backing ‘match winners’ to keep run going Trossard, though, made a difference, shooting narrowly wide from the left and connecting well with Connolly, who finally gave David de Gea something to do in the 68th minute, with a long-range hit the United keeper needed to go airborne to keep out. But if United can maintain this form and qualify for the Champions League, the restart could be remembered as a turning point, with signs of promise piling up, and their supporters relieved that they are once again fun to watch. right foot as his left, so he’s developing into a fine player. “He’s a special talent, a special kid that we are going to look after, try to develop into a top, top player. He’s doing well now but he is still young and has things to learn.” Fernandes believes his team deserve a top-four finish with the way they have improved. “We are fighting for a place in the Champions League and we know we can achieve this,” said the Portugal midfielder. Solskjaer believes he has match winners throughout his team now, adding: “I think it’s very important you have players who chip in, Marcus [Rashford] and Anthony [Martial] have 19 each, Bruno’s come in, Mason’s chipped in, Paul [Pogba] will get goals, Scott McTominay and Dan James were close, Odion Ighalo is important.” “It’s been good since the restart, everyone has worked really hard over the restart and we agreed before the lockdown what we were going to do and everyone was true to their word and came back fitter and stronger. We are ready to keep pushing on and challengin­g the teams in front of us,” Solskjaer said. “We’re too far away to be on the road to something special [this season]. We’re in with a shout for the Champions League next year and we still have the FA Cup and Europa League to play for and the team is improving, the players are coming back and the style is better.” Solskjaer praised Greenwood’s opener, where the 19-year-old finished through his opponents’ legs. “I would have been proud of that,” Solskjaer said. “He’s got a knack of that. He can go inside or outside, he’s just as good with his club and wanted to leave. Bayern had pursued Sane previously, but he suffered a cruciate-ligament injury at the start of the campaign. He made his return in the 5-0 win over Burnley last week. Getting £54.8 million will be seen as good business for a player with 12 months left on his contract, although they valued him at £140 million a year ago when he was compared in the market to Ousmane Dembele, who went from Borussia Dortmund to Barcelona. Guardiola said City had spoken to Sane “two or three times” about a new deal, and added: “When we make an offer to a player it’s because we want him. I have nothing against.” City will look at strengthen­ing in other areas and are interested in Jack Grealish for their midfield and also need to buy a centre-back. By Mike McGrath Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has told his Manchester United players to challenge for a top-four place this season, but warned them only fighting for titles will be truly “special”. Bruno Fernandes’ double and Mason Greenwood’s opener at the Amex Stadium put them within two points of Champions League place. They are unbeaten since midJanuary, before football shut down for the global pandemic, and have carried on that run since returning. Brighton and Hove Albion (4-4-1-1) Ryan 5; Montoya 6, Duffy 6, Dunk 6 (Bernardo 81), Burn 6; Lamptey 6 Trossard (46), Stephens 5, Propper 6, Bissouma 6 (Maupay 46); Mac Allister 6 (Mooy 81); Connolly 7 (March 87). Gross, Murray, Schelotto, Button (g). (4-2-3-1) De Gea 7; Wan-Bissaka 7, Lindelof 7, Maguire 8, Shaw 7 (Williams 64); Pogba 7 (McTominay 64), Matic 8; Rashford 7 (James 78), Fernandes 8 (Pereira 64), Greenwood 8; Martial 7 (Ighalo 78). Bailly, Mata, Fred, Romero (g). Shaw. Andre Marriner (West Midlands). Subs Manchester United Subs Referee Booked Premier League explains ‘moral’ stance on BLM among 18 horses from a total of 121 to be declared non-runners, wrote on Facebook: “I cannot believe racing is still going ahead. For the safety of all my staff, I have decided to withdraw all my runners.” McPherson, meanwhile, told the “Whether or not racing can or cannot take place safely, it’s a case of public perception. I can’t believe that the public will perceive racing to be doing the right thing. I have every sympathy with Leicester Racecourse, who had a miserable time during the winter with lost fixtures because of the going. But I think there are The statement continued: “[We] offered this backing as we wholly agree with the players’ single objective of eradicatin­g racial prejudice wherever it exists.” CEO Richard Masters insisted that the support “does not set any particular precedent” as he warned that players and managers could still face punishment for making unapproved political statements. The Premier League, its clubs and players have endorsed the movement that seeks equality for black people. Players’ shirts have had the Black Lives Matter slogan on their backs, instead of their some things in life that are more important than racing and this is certainly one of them.” King added that he consulted his staff and they “didn’t feel terribly comfortabl­e about it”. “I’m surprised we’re racing under the circumstan­ces there,” he said. A BHA spokesman said the new government lockdown was in line with its safety instructio­ns since the £4billion industry became the first major sport to resume. Jockeys have been riding in face masks and trainers arriving at all courses are quizzed at length and then forced to fill in background checks. names, they wear a BLM logo now and have also “taken the knee” before games. However, appearing before the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee of MPs, Masters was asked whether it might open the door for other forms of political activism. “We are drawing a clear distinctio­n between a moral cause and a political movement or agenda,” he said. “Whilst there might be difficulti­es dividing the two, our position is clear: politics no, moral causes yes, when agreed. As I said we’re living in special times at the moment.” Racing Post: By Jason Burt The Premier League has taken the unusual step of issuing a statement after its chief executive emphasised that its endorsemen­t of the Black Lives Matter movement is on “moral” and not political grounds.

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