Barcelona are already preparing for life without Lionel Messi it seems. Despite club president, Josep Maria Bartomeu claiming star player Messi has already signed a new contract with the club, it is yet to be announced, officially.
Messi will be 34 by the time his current contract expires in 2021 and the Catalans are already planning on bolstering their team in the long run. According to Spanish news outlet, El Gol Digital, the Catalan giants are eyeing a stunning move for Manchester City youngster Leroy Sane.
It is reported that FC Barcelona are waiting out till next summer transfer window as they prepare for an astonishing £106million bid for the knappenschmiede talent.
Leroy Sane has been impressive so far, after joining Manchester City last summer. In his first season at the club, the Essen-born winger has scored nine goals and provided eight assists in all competitions, a tally which is only bettered by Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero. He also started the new season with a bang, scoring five goals in ten matches whilst providing two assists.
The 21-year-old is starting to become a vital asset for Manchester City in the offensive department as Pep Guardiola looks to stamp his hallmark at the club.
The newest sensation to come out of the Royal Blues academy, Leroy Sane’s talent is undoubted. Naturally, a winger, Sane is a joy to watch on the flanks. Operating mainly on the right wing, Sane uses his pace and trickery to provide an attacking flair in the final third.
Sane looks quite menacing with the ball and always looks to engineer his way through the opposition fullbacks. His crosses can provide a real threat for the opposition while his slick nature of play allows him to work in tight spaces.
Following the departure of their star player Neymar in the summer, Barcelona have struggled to put in a shift in the attacking department with Luis Suarez not being in the best of forms of late.
Leroy Sane can quickly adapt to the conditions at the Camp Nou, as the 21-year-old is fairly familiar to possession football. He can be an upgrade to Gerard Deulofeu and his partnership with Lionel Messi and Ousmane Dembele can be devastating for the opposing defences.
Furthermore, aged just 21, Leroy Sane is definitely a future prospect, who is also constantly pushing for a spot on the German National Team. Meaning, he can help Barcelona in the long run as well. While he may never be as good as Barcelona’s Argentine superstar, the German International packs a lot of punch to make an impact in Barcelona. Can he be their next superstar?