After Arjen Robben suffered another injury setback, Bayern Munich are reportedly looking at Leroy Sane and will rival Manchester City for his signing.
Carlo Ancelotti has begun work in Bavaria this summer, and has already seen his squad strengthened significantly with the signings of Mats Hummels and Renato Sanches.
However, according to Bild, the Italian tactician could now target Sane after he saw Robben ruled out for six weeks with yet another injury.
The Dutch winger suffered a right adductor issue in his first appearance since March 5, with the same problem limiting him to just 22 appearances last season.
In turn, the German giants could now have reached the point of deciding that they must consider looking at other options with no guarantee that Robben will remain fit throughout the campaign.
Bild suggest Sane has now become their primary target, although the 20-year-old is said to have reached an agreement on a four-year deal with City with the Premier League outfit splashing out €43m to sign him.
Samy Sane, the Schalke star’s father, added on Sky Sport News HD that both Real Madrid and Bayern are still in the running to sign his son, despite previous suggestions that the Bundesliga champions were unable to enter into a bidding war with their rivals in Manchester.
It remains to be seen whether or not their offer to sign the talented youngster in 2017 bears fruit, but Guardiola will naturally be desperate to avoid losing out to his former employers for one of his preferred targets this summer.
The Spaniard has already added the likes of Ilkay Gundogan and Nolito to his squad this summer, but he’ll certainly be eyeing more reinforcements ahead of his first season in charge at the Etihad.
Sane would seemingly fit the bill in terms of the type of player that he is looking for to fit into his system and style of play, but the possible option of joining Bayern will undoubtedly be a tempting one too.