Bayern Munich could enter the race to sign Arsenal transfer target Yannick Carrasco from Dalian Yifang if their move for Manchester City’s Leroy Sane is unsuccessful, according to Sport Bild.
The Bundesliga champions are looking for reinforcements after allowing Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben to depart and have made no secret of their desire to tempt Sane back to Germany.
Sane is entering the final two years of his contract at the Etihad and although City have attempted to tie him down a longer deal on numerous occasions, they have been unable to agree terms.
That has alerted Bayern to the situation although their president Uli Hoeness has admitted that it will be difficult to sign Sane as City’s demands, reportedly in excess of £90m, are ‘insane’.
With Bayern finding it difficult to meet City’s demands, they are turning to alternative targets including Carrasco who looks certain to leave China this summer.
Carrasco is available for £25m and is prepared to lower his wage demands in order to seal a return to Europe with the Belgium international currently earning around £170,000 per week.
Arsenal have been most strongly linked with a move for the former Monaco and Atletico Madrid winger with Unai Emery working with a reduced transfer budget this summer.
According to the Evening Standard, Arsenal made Dalian Yifang a loan-to-buy offer which was rejected, but are considering making another bid including performance-related add-ons.
Speaking about his plans, Carrasco said last week: ‘From a family point of view, I would rather play in Europe and stay closer to my family. The adjustment for my family was also difficult over there [China].’
Other players on Bayern’s shortlist are Julian Draxler who looks likely to leave PSG and Callum Hudson-Odoi, although the England international looks likely to stay at Chelsea next season.
Sane, meanwhile, has been coy over his future, saying after Germany’s 8-0 win over Estonia:
‘I’m going on holiday now. Everything else will be seen. That’s it with the questions about Bayern Munich.’