In what world does it make sense for Manchester City to sanction the sale of Leroy Sane?
He's 23 years-of-age, showing glimpses of his immense talent on an increasingly regular basis and can change games in an instant. Allowing the quicksilver winger to leave is illogical for a myriad of reasons.
In his three seasons in the Premier League following a £42m switch from Schalke, supporters have watched raw, untamed potential slowly mature, and producing devastating displays out wide. Imagine what kind of skill-set the youngster could possess in another three years.
That thought alone should convince City that they need Sane at the club. This is man built for elite-level football; frightening pace, hunger, superb technical ability... he has all the tools to reach the top of the game.
Were they to miss out on what the German international can offer in the future and instead have to watch him tearing things up with Bayern Munich, Pep Guardiola and his team would surely look at their £40m profit and wonder how on earth they ever believed it was a good deal.
Niko Kovac on whether he would like to see Leroy Sane play for Bayern Munich: "Yes. Full stop. He definitely could help us. You saw in the national team and at City what kind of qualities he has." pic.twitter.com/l5iC9O52Bt— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) July 9, 2019
This scenario is comparable to a high-profile transfer that took place a decade ago, namely Cristiano Ronaldo's £80m move to Real Madrid.
Ronaldo single-handedly ended a woeful period in Los Blancos' history and restored them to their European throne, while United endured a steady decline in the years following his exit.
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Recall Sane's game-clinching goal against Liverpool in January, a goal which proved pivotal in the title race. The opportunity was hardly straightforward; most wouldn't have given Alisson anything to really think about.
Having him available allowed his manager to change approach and present the Reds with a unique threat, which cannot be stopped when in full-flight.
FULL TIME: Manchester City 2-1 Liverpool | Premier League— Kawowo Sports (@kawowosports) January 3, 2019
Goals: Sergio Aguero, Leroy Sane | Roberto Firminho
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This is a weapon which Guardiola cannot afford to let go. The wideman offers a fabulous combination of physical prowess and masterful skill, the likes of which is otherwise unseen in the squad. Put simply, he cannot be replaced.
It seems that his coach is often averse to selecting Sane in the big fixtures because of an apparent attitude problem. With time and experience, that will cease to be an issue and the player will reach a new level, on which he is wholly in control of his emotions and able to focus on the task at hand.
Look at what happened when teammate Raheem Sterling grew up? He's only a year the German's senior, but there is a marked difference in maturity. Once the England forward began to take on more responsibility, he started showing far better form and achieved a greater consistency.
It is not unreasonable to think that Sane, too, could become a reliable performer when he attains a certain age, and he may not be far from it.
It should be clear by now that Sane is too young and too talented to be sold. Letting him go now means that the Citizens see none of his best years. They risk losing him when he is on the cusp of something special. They will rue allowing him to leave for Bayern.