That’s according to journalist Duncan Castles, who says Barca could join Bayern Munich in the race for Sane’s signature should they decide to cash in on the German while his price is high this summer.
Sane made 47 appearances for City in 2018/19, scoring 16 goals, but now he is being heavily linked with a move to Bayern.
Several reports suggest the Bundesliga champions have seen a £70m bid rejected for the 23-year-old, who has just two years to run on his current contract at the Etihad.
It is believed Sane has snubbed offers from City to extend that deal, nevertheless, and Castles thinks the Premier League champions might be forced to offload him in the summer window, revealing Barcelona could also pursue him if they don’t sign Neymar or Antoine Griezmann.
“It was always going to come down to how much Bayern could offer the player, how much they can persuade the player that his best interests are served in leaving Manchester City and going back to the Bundesliga, and then also meeting Manchester City’s financial terms,” he told The Transfer Window podcast.
“They were never going to sell the player for cheap. As we’ve told you, the preference of the club is to get Sane to sign a new contract.
“They know his qualities, they know he’s one of the best attacking players in the game. He’s still very young. So if you can retain him, you will retain him and you certainly don’t let him go on the cheap.
“How it pans out will be interesting.”
Castles’ transfer update comes as:
He continued: “If Sane sticks to his position, that he is not going to sign a new contract at Manchester City, if he cannot be convinced to extend then the same logic that came into play when Manchester City allowed Sane to speak to Bayern is still in effect.
“That is ‘we are in danger of losing this player in a year’s time for half of what we can get for him this summer and in danger of losing him in two years’ time for nothing. Therefore, let’s take the money on the table now.’
“It’s very early in the window, very early. Sane’s story has been out and substantiated by Bayern only for a couple of weeks.
“If I’m Manchester City I’m thinking there is a good chance on the market where so many of the big teams are aggressively buying players and spending to chase the Champions League that one of the other clubs comes in, one of the other big players comes in for Sane and, therefore, we have an option.
“Paris St-Germain would be a candidate there, although you’ve got the Qatar/Abu Dhabi war to factor in.
“You could even see Barcelona being a potential candidate if they decide to go down that route instead of the Neymar and [Antoine] Griezmann route”
“You could even see Barcelona being a potential candidate if they decide to go down that route instead of the Neymar and Griezmann route.
“But there’s lots of time to go here, so if you know that a huge club with huge financial resources, which is Bayern Munich, want to sign your player, why do the deal so early in the window?
“Especially when they’ve talked to their fans and told their fans that they want to sign the player, the obvious thing is to ask as high a fee as you can and see how close you can get to it from Bayern and see if they really are prepared to step away if the fee is too substantial for them.
“I think it’s very early in the window to consider this dead and there’s a lot of negotiation going forward.”