In one in all soccer’s worst-kept secrets and techniques, Leroy Sane is leaving Manchester Metropolis.
The Germany worldwide is closing in on a £55million transfer to Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich, the place he’s anticipated to place pen-to-paper on a five-year deal.
It appeared inevitable for a while that Sane would go away the Etihad, though the choice has nonetheless come as an enormous blow to supervisor Pep Guardiola.
Sane, 24, has frequently been linked with a transfer again to his homeland, and with no breakthrough in negotiations relating to a brand new contract the Residents had little selection however to money in on the 24-year-old.
Under, talkSPORT.com assesses 5 potential replacements to fill the void left by Sane – and one in all them is already on Manchester Metropolis’s books.
Metropolis might look to maintain Sane’s substitute in-house as they appear to strengthen in different areas of the squad this summer season.
In Phil Foden they’ve a younger participant with the world at his toes. The England Beneath-21 worldwide is seizing his likelihood in Metropolis’s first workforce and appears to be a mainstay for years to return.
The burning query that is still although, is what place will Foden cement in Metropolis’s workforce transferring ahead?
For instance, Foden began on the left wing earlier than transferring inside to the centre within the 5-Zero demolition of Burnley on June 22, grabbing a brace with an exemplary attacking efficiency.
However with David Silva heading in direction of the tip of his trophy laden decade-long spell on the membership, Foden has been mooted as the perfect substitute for the Spaniard.
“The great gamers play all over the place, so the fellows who perceive the sport — each single second, each single motion — they’ll play all over the place, and Phil is one in all them,” Guardiola stated on Foden final month.
“Particularly up entrance, so in fact, he’s not a winger winger however he can play. We are able to’t neglect he gained the (Beneath-17) World Cup with England taking part in for granted winger.
“He can play in each place however I like him taking part in near the field as a result of he has one thing particular with the sense of aim. It’s not straightforward to seek out wingers with the sense of aim.”
The Aston Villa captain is predicted to be the topic of bids when the Premier League season ends.
Metropolis’s arch-nemesis Manchester United have been intently following the midfielder’s improvement for a while, whereas Tottenham nearly signed him two summers in the past.
It seems to be more and more seemingly Grealish will depart his boyhood membership this window, particularly if Dean Smith’s males are relegated from the highest flight.
Pep Guardiola has already revealed he isn’t searching for a like-for-like substitute for Sane, so with Grealish in a position to function each on the left wing and centrally it makes him a gorgeous proposition.
Guardiola is a big admirer of Grealish, describing him as ‘among the finest gamers within the league’ earlier than Villa’s Carabao Cup last showdown with Metropolis earlier within the season.
The explosive winger has developed his recreation to a stage the place he’s now able to taking part in for one of many Premier League giants.
The 24-year-old has scored 4 objectives and offered 9 assists in 31 league video games for Nuno Santo’s high-flying Wolves this season.
Traore just isn’t wanting admirers after his unbelievable rise to the highest, with Premier League champions Liverpool additionally linked with the previous Barcelona man.
Previous to Manchester Metropolis’s 3-2 defeat at Molineux, Guardiola was waxing lyrical over the Spaniard’s abilities.
“He’s a motorbike! It’s nearly not possible. No one can deal with this tempo,” Guardiola stated.
Traore proved him proper over the following 90 minutes as Wolves got here again from 2-Zero right down to beat Metropolis.
talkSPORT’s Jason Cundy believes it is just a matter of time earlier than Traore is taking part in within the Champions League.
“Adama Traore, he’s ok for Champions League soccer,” Cundy stated.
“I imagine he’s reached the form of heights along with his high quality within the last third now, his supply, his data now and he’s realized from his personal errors.
“After I first noticed him at Aston Villa he was all tempo and no finish product, even at Middlesbrough he was a bit like that.
“However now, honest play to Nuno Espirito Santo, to get [to this level], he will need to have labored tirelessly on the coaching floor.
“And it’s with each toes – he put in an excellent cross along with his left foot [against Bournemouth].”
He continued: “He can drop deep, he can journey with the ball, he’s extremely robust, his footwork is great with the ball and with out the ball, the way in which he strikes the ball, his tempo, his energy.
“I feel he’s ok to place him in Liverpool, you would put him in Metropolis and never solely would he not look misplaced, I feel he may get to a spot the place he may really demand a first-team place.”
Metropolis had been first linked with the Bayer Leverkusen winger two years after his breakthrough season within the Bundesliga, with Guardiola ultimately securing the companies of Riyad Mahrez to bolster his star-studded ahead line.
Admittedly, the Jamaica worldwide’s kind has dropped off since then, scoring simply 5 instances in every of the previous two seasons and contributing a complete of 4 assists.
However that with stated he nonetheless retains plenty of excellent qualities which may tempt Guardiola’s hand, none extra so than his electrifying tempo and good left foot.
The 22-year-old, who can be good in one-on-one conditions, is contracted to Leverkusen till June 2023.
Actual Sociedad have loved a constructive LaLiga marketing campaign and nonetheless harbour an outdoor likelihood of qualifying for subsequent season’s Champions League.
A mixture of expertise and youth has been key to that success and Spanish midfielder Oyarzabal has been proper on the coronary heart of that.
The 23-year-old has discovered the web 11 instances in 2019/20, laying on an additional seven assists throughout all competitions.
Oyarzabal has a £68million launch clause in his present contract, with Metropolis closely linked with securing his signature final summer season.
And it might be time for Guardiola to revisit this curiosity, with Oyarzabal enhancing on varied elements of his recreation since then – most notably his physicality.