Leroy Sane replacements: Five stars Man City could look to fill the void, including Manchester United target Jack Grealish, Adama Traore and one of their own

talksport.com, 2 July 2020, 07:57
Leroy Sane replacements: Five stars Man City could look to fill the void, including Manchester United target Jack Grealish, Adama Traore and one of their own
In one of football's worst-kept secrets, Leroy Sane is leaving Manchester City.

The Germany international is closing in on a £55million move to Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich, where he is expected to put pen-to-paper on a five-year deal.

It seemed inevitable for some time that Sane would leave the Etihad, although the decision has still come as a big blow to manager Pep Guardiola.

Sane, 24, has continually been linked with a move back to his homeland, and with no breakthrough in negotiations regarding a new contract the Citizens had little choice but to cash in on the 24-year-old.

Below, talkSPORT.com assesses five potential replacements to fill the void left by Sane - and one of them is already on Manchester City's books.

Phil Foden

City may look to keep Sane's replacement in-house as they look to strengthen in other areas of the squad this summer.

In Phil Foden they have a young player with the world at his feet. The England Under-21 international is seizing his chance in City's first team and looks to be a mainstay for years to come.

The burning question that remains though, is what position will Foden cement in City's team moving forward?

For example, Foden started on the left wing before moving inside to the centre in the 5-0 demolition of Burnley on June 22, grabbing a brace with an exemplary attacking performance.

But with David Silva heading towards the end of his trophy laden decade-long spell at the club, Foden has been mooted as the ideal replacement for the Spaniard.

"The good players play everywhere, so the guys who understand the game — every single moment, every single action — they can play everywhere, and Phil is one of them," Guardiola said on Foden last month.

"Especially up front, so of course, he's not a winger winger but he can play. We can't forget he won the (Under-17) World Cup with England playing as a right winger.

"He can play in every position but I like him playing close to the box because he has something special with the sense of goal. It's not easy to find wingers with the sense of goal."

Fabulous Foden

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