Reports in the English media today suggest that Manchester City could seek out Serge Gnabry as part of an exchange deal which would see Leroy Sane finally make the move to Bayern Munich.
Rumours linking Bundesliga champions Bayern with a swoop for Sane were rampant last summer.
On the back of a somewhat hit-and-miss campaign at the Etihad, during which explosive wide-man Sane often found himself behind the likes of Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva in the attacking pecking order of Pep Guardiola, the 24-year-old was hotly-tipped to make a return to his home country.
The respective Bayern departures of Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery, meanwhile, saw reinforcements out wide emerge as a priority for the Bavarian powerhouse ahead of the current campaign.
As such, Sane, on the back of a challenging season, and with past experience of the Bundesliga, looked an ideal fit at the Allianz Arena.
Unsurprisingly, however, Manchester City were not ready to give up their German international without a fight.
On his day, Sane still stands as one of the most electrifying wingers in European football, with Citizens boss Guardiola having confirmed in July that the Premier League champions remained hopeful of tying the former Schalke man down to a new deal:
‘We want him to stay and there is an offer waiting to talk with his agents to extend his contract.’
‘He is a guy who I appreciate a lot. I like him a lot. I think he has an incredible gap to be better in terms of being connected in the game.’
‘I have said two or three times that we want him and we want him to stay.’
Gnabry in, Sane out?
As such, in the end, Sane stayed put.
His subsequent start to the new season, though, proved an absolute nightmare.
After being handed a start in the Community Shield versus Liverpool, the winger ruptured his ACL, an injury which has confined him to the sidelines ever since.
This, though, has not brought a halt to the rumours that Bayern remain keen on Sane’s signature.
And, as per a report from the Sun, City finally appear to be opening to the idea of the German’s sale.
Such a suggestion comes amid claims that the Citizens are eyeing up Serge Gnabry as Sane’s replacement.
Former Arsenal youngster Gnabry has enjoyed a fine campaign to date with Bayern, and could theoretically fill the boots of his fellow countryman at the Etihad.
As such, ‘SunSport understands the duo could be part of a player-plus cash deal, which could suit both parties.’