Manchester City are set to finalise a deal for Schalke’s Leroy Sane this week.

The 20-year-old has been at the top of Pep Guardiola‘s list of attacking targets all summer – and after drawn out negotiations between the two clubs, a deal is now nearing completion.

Sane arrived in Manchester on Sunday evening and left the Radisson hotel early on Monday morning to undergo a medical.

An announcement is expected soon to confirm the deal.

In the meantime, we’ve spoken to German football expert Archie Rhind-Tutt about what City fans can expect from Sane.

What was Sane’s form like last season and what have you made of his rise?

Last season, the highs were very high and the lows were very low. He’s like a magician in that his displays could be spectacular but equally he could vanish and you would wonder where Leroy Sane had gone.

But when he is on form, which is why Manchester City want to sign him, there is this terrifying pace that he has when he’s on the ball that scares defenders. You would say he has is as dangerous inside his own half as he is in and around the box, if not more so, in the way that he can counter at speed. You will probably find numerous examples on YouTube.

One goal springs immediately to mind – the one he scored against Wolfsburg the season before last where he took the ball from inside his own half on a 70 yard run and absolutely left the defenders for dead.


And his dribbling is another asset. He scored a goal against Eintracht Frankfurt last season where he took it round the goalkeeper twice, which you might says is cheeky but it shows his ability.

He’s still very young and very raw as a player – but City are signing him for the potential.

Where do you think he will fit at City? Does he has a preferred position?

I see people saying ‘does this mean the end of Raheem Sterling’. I think he can play out wide, but when he does he’s better cutting in from the right or playing just off the striker.

Such is the way that Guardiola works, I’m not sure there will be a kind of one set system that he will work under – but he’s shown he can play anywhere in the attacking area, except perhaps as a lone striker. So any of the three support roles in 4-2-3-1, which is a system he operates well in.