Liverpool are targeting a January move for Schalke attacking midfielder Leroy Sané. This comes after a bid in the region of £15 million was rejected by the Bundesliga club last summer. Liverpool are still lacking in a specialist wide player after Lazar Marković was allowed to move to Fenerbahçe on a season long loan. The Reds are expected to come back with an improved offer for the young starlet.
Sane, 19, has developed into a fan favourite at the Veltins Arena due to his trickery, dribbling and quick runs. He is a versatile player and can play either in the attacking midfield role or deployed as a winger. The number 19, Essen born sensation, is one the hottest prospects in Europe and has also attracted interest from Tottenham. He announced his arrival on his debut in the 57th minute in the UEFA Champions League, against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu last season, netting Schalke’s third goal in a shock 4-3 victory.
He has seven goals in 26 league matches for Schalke’s senior team, with four of them coming in 12 games this term, along with three assists. This season the youngster is completing 78% of his passing attempts while winning 51% of his challenges.
The Merseyside giants could possibly return for Sane in January, although Schalke are reluctant to sell, according to the sporting director Horst Heldt, who reiterates that the player is not for sale.
Germany boss Joachim Löw has since hailed the youngster, saying that
He has a special gift and finesse, speed paired with technique and strong running. Leroy [is] incredibly good [at] running into space and, with his speed, he has acquired this very well
Liverpool face competition for Sané’s signature after it emerged Tottenham also saw a bid rejected worth to be in the region of £8.5 million, early on in the summer. Recently Manchester United reportedly sent their top German scout, Pete Braun, to keep tabs on the teenager while Arsenal are also said to be in the hunt. The 6’0″ German, who is the son of former Senegalese international Souleyman Sané, who began his career with SC Freiburg. Leroy received his first German cap Friday against France.
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