Leroy Sane is in the wish list of various European giants and his parent club Schalke 04 has slapped a £32m price tag to keep suitors away in the January window.
The 19-year old’s excellent display with the Gelsenkirchen club this season has attracted interests from Premier League giants Manchester City and Liverpool alongside Real Madrid who are constantly sending scouts to take a close look at the player.
Manchester City is monitoring the German international since December 2013 and are looking into seal the deal in January. But the latest advancements from the Bundesliga clubs may put the Citizens off for the moment, but surely a deal is possible in the next summer transfer window.
Leroy Sane has a contract until June 2019 and Schalke’s general manager Horst Heldt said on Wednesday that the club will not entertain any bids for the player.
Schalke’s £32m valuation of Sane is in a similar fashion to that of Anthony Martial, who secured a move to Manchester United from AS Monaco for an initial fee of £36m, which could rise to £58m, depending on performance clauses.
Sane could be a Marco Reus in the making with his speed, technique and willing to make strong runs in the final third.
And in last season’s Champions League knock stage, he came off the bench in the 4-3 win against Real Madrid and produced a brilliant display which was rounded off with a superb goal, which almost eliminated the Spanish giants.
German coach Joachim Low speaks high of the youngster and rewarded him his first senior cap for German national team in the friendly with France in November.
This is also an indication on how inflated the transfer fees will be in the future as the big clubs in England are willing to break the bank to make investments on young players for the future.
Now only a handful of clubs can afford him if the German club hold on to the price-tag, but the likes of Manchester City and Real Madrid cannot be written off from the race at any cost.
While a club like Liverpool is unlikely to jump in and offer such a huge fee for a 19-year old as Jurgen Klopp certainly has a reputation of picking unknown talents from lower leagues and transform them into world-class players.
But the question still remains – When you invest such a hefty sum of a 19-year old, does it also come with the automatic obligation of playing him week in week out, even if he is not ready for top flight action.