Manchester City have reportedly agreed personal terms with Schalke starlet Leroy Sane and he is set to join Pep Guardiola’s men on a four-year deal.
The 20-year-old has long been linked with a move to the Etihad this summer, and it appears as though he is edging ever closer to finally completing the deal.
According to Bild, Sane will cost City around £42m, albeit a transfer fee has yet to be set in stone, but a deal has already been struck over a contract.
The negotiations between the two clubs over a fee could be a significant stumbling block though, as City are keen to reach a compromise and bring down the asking price, as noted by The Telegraph.
The highly-rated starlet impressed in the Bundesliga last season which in turn earned him a call-up to Joachim Low’s Germany squad for Euro 2016.
Having seen him at close quarters during his time as Bayern Munich boss, Guardiola was evidently left impressed as he is set to beat off competition from Barcelona, Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain to land his man, according to the report.
Sane scored nine goals in 43 appearances in all competitions last season, and has earned plenty of praise for his versatility and attacking play as he looks set to start the next chapter in his career in Manchester.
If a deal is concluded, the German ace would become Guardiola’s fifth summer signing since taking charge at City, following Ilkay Gundogan, Nolito, Oleksandr Zinchenko and Aaron Mooy through the entrance door.
With no official comment from either club as of yet though, it remains to be seen whether or not they can finally put an end to the speculation, with Sane in all likelihood desperate to sort out his club future sooner rather than later.
As for City though, it would be another major boost ahead of the new campaign as Guardiola continues to search for reinforcements and bring in personnel capable of playing his style of football.