German football giants Bayern Munich have decided to use Serge Gnabry and Leroy Sane as long term replacement plans for the retired Arjen Robben and Franck Ribbery, famously tagged ‘Robbery’ for the way they destroyed defences. Kingsley Coman is expected to remain for the main time but there are speculations that he would exit the club soon.

Sane was largely expected to move to Bayern last summer when they reportedly dropped 80 million euros on the table for his signature. Manchester City refused the deal, hoping to convince the player to remain at the club despite the options for a starting shirt. The 24-year old then picked up a long term injury, effectively sidelining him all season long. With the player expected to fight his return to world class status, Bayern have decided to launch a 40 million euro bid since the player has a year on his deal.

The German side strongly believe Sane will effectively replace Robben in the wings despite the cruciate ligament damage. With City battling Financial Fair Play, they would be strategic in their market dealings. Some reports claim they would want Gnabry in a swap deal for Sane but then Bayern are tough negotiators. Sane has reportedly agreed terms with Bayern, otherwise he has only a year left on his deal and can agree pre-contract terms for another club early next year.

City would be hoping to recoup their 50 million euro investment in him when they signed him from Schalke in 2016 but Bayern would be looking to pay less due to the tight situation City are in.
City would likely ask for up to 60 million euros to release the player and strengthen their defence. With good players upfront and in the middle, bar injury the team is still one of the strongest in Europe.