Arjen Robben is injured again, with German newspaper Bild saying he’s ‘broken’. It’ll take around 6 weeks to fix Robben this time, but getting an injury before the season has even started only serves to underline the Dutchman’s fitness issues.
At 32 years of age, Robben has obviously got football left in him, but Bayern Munich are increasingly aware that it may be a limited amount, and he needs to be managed over the season.
Bild say that could mean the German club up their interest in Leroy Sane, and battle Manchester City for the player. The player’s father Sammy Sane is quoted as saying over the weekend: “Real Madrid and Bayern are also still in the draw.”
That may give a clue as to where the countless Sane stories have come from over the past six months or so.
Bild explain that Manchester City are willing to spend €43m on Sane, but we’re pretty sure they said €50m just a few days ago, which would plant some seeds of doubt. Indeed, Bild have said figures ranging from €40m to €60m for a Sane transfer to Manchester City.
Bayern Munich chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge was asked about his club’s interest in Sane, and said: “I do not want to fan speculation.”
In that case he would have been better off ruling out any interest, unless Bayern are seriously thinking about it.