Barcelona to lose targetted Spanish international to Manchester City.
Mundo Deportivo reports that the Premier League side will reignite their interest in Real Sociedad’s forward as the ideal replacement for Sane.
Real Sociedad sporting director, Roberto Olabe, has stated that despite having low expectations for the transfer market this summer due to ongoing coronavirus pandemic, he has not ruled out the possibility of other clubs looking to sign his players for this summer.
Sociedad, however, are suffering from many injuries to the squad with five midfielders currently out until August with others being linked with an exit. One such existing play strongly being tipped with an exit is Mikel Oyarzabal.
Now more than ever, Manchester City have been quoted as favorites to acquire the Spanish international as their latest sale of Leroy Sane for 50 million euros has left an important gap in the squad.
Sane was rumored to be on the verge of a transfer even last season with Oyarzabal named as the likely replacement. Today, when the transfer is confirmed, it does not take a lot to believe that the Premier League side might execute their earlier plan.
The Sociedad attacker has plenty of reasons to join the City side, especially taking into account the amount of Spanish influence in the squad with Pep Guardiola in charge. Even his assistant Juanma Lillo, coach (goalkeeper) Xabier Manzisisdor and Sporting Director, Txiki Begiristain, all belong to Spanish origin.
But the reality of the matter remains that winger is currently focused on having a successful season at Real with his current contract running until 2024 with a termination clause of 75 million euros that any club must pay to acquire the captain.
Reports had stated earlier that the 23-year-old has been identified as a plan B for Barcelona in case the Spanish giants fail to acquire both Lautaro Martinez and Neymar. City are now preparing to hijack the transfer while the Catalans await responses from both Inter Milan and Paris Saint-Germain for their concerned players.