Leroy Sane faces the prospect of losing a staggering £11million in wages if he continues with his refusal to sign a new contract with Manchester City.
NEWS FLAKES NG gathers that that Manchester City are offering the German winger a £105,000-a-week pay-rise to commit himself to the Etihad until 2023, taking his salary to £170,000-a-week.
But Sane is reluctant to pen the new deal despite indicating earlier in the summer that he was ready to sign. And Bayern Munich want to take the 23-year-old back to the Bundesliga.
City have informed the flying forward and his advisers that he is free to leave if their demands are met.
However Sane has not yet told the Premier League champions that he wants to quit Manchester despite Bayern believing that they have bagged their No.1 transfer target.
Senior City sources insist that they will not budge on that stance.
So now Sane must decide whether to accept City’s huge offer – or miss out on a bank-busting £105,000-a-week for the final two seasons of his existing deal.
That adds up to a cool £10.92million – with Sane’s current contract worth £65,000-a-week.
The winger’s head has been turned towards Bavaria by Bayern’s own mega offer.
Sources in Germany claim the Bundesliga champions have tabled a five-year contract worth £18.31-a-year, including bonuses. That works out at £350,000-a-week.
City are resolved to keeping Sane for at least another year – unless the player demands to leave and their asking price is met.
But any plan to recoup money on a talent that cost £37million when he arrived from Schalke three years ago is complicated by the looming threat of a transfer ban.
City are under investigation from FIFA, the FA and Premier League for possibly breaking rules governing payments to under-age players and third-party ownership.
If they are found guilty of any wrongdoing then they face the prospect of being banned from signing players for at least two transfer windows.
Any restriction in the market could have an effect of City’s plans to sell players – especially someone as important as Sane.
That might see them keep the 2018 PFA Young Player of the Year until 2021, when he would become a free agent.
That would cost City a fortune and Sane will then be able to earn himself a bumper deal with a new club.