50m price tag makes Sane most ex­pen­sive Ger­man

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Manch­ester City’s 50m sign­ing of Leroy Sane from Schalke made the 20-year-old the most ex­pen­sive Ger­man foot­baller of all time.

The fee paid by City eclipsed the 44m paid by Ar­se­nal to Real Madrid for Me­sut Ozil in 2013 and was more than the 38m paid this year by Bay­ern Mu­nich to Dort­mund for de­fender Mats Hum­mels.

The Sane deal means that English clubs have spent in ex­cess of 400m on Bun­desliga play­ers in the past two years. Manch­ester City alone have spent 162 mil­lion on three Bun­desliga play­ers (Sane, Ilkay Gun­do­gan, Kevin De Bruyne) in the past 12 months.

Al­ready this sum­mer, Bun­desliga play­ers have moved to Eng­land at a cost of 199mil­lion. In ad­di­tion to Sane, they in­clude Granit Xhaka (Borus­sia Monchenglad­bach to Ar­se­nal, 45m), Hen­rikh Mkhi­taryan (Borus­sia Dort­mund to Manch­ester United, 42m), Gun­do­gan (Borus­sia Dort­mund to Manch­ester City, 27m), Pier­reEmile Ho­jb­jerg (Bay­ern Mu­nich to Southamp­ton, 15m) and Loris Kar­ius (Mainz to Liver­pool, 6m).

Play­ers also moved within the Bun­desliga for large sums. In ad­di­tion to the 38m for Hum­mels to Bay­ern, An­dre Schur­rle joined Dort­mund from Wolfs­burg for 30m and Mario Gotze left Bay­ern to re­turn to Dort­mund in a 26m deal.

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