Manchester City have dismissed claims made by Bayern Munich chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge that they are in talks with the Premier League champions about the £100million transfer of Leroy Sane as “totally spurious.”
Rummenigge suggested that Pep Guardiola did not know what was going on at the Etihad after the City boss revealed there had been no negotiations with Bayern about the German winger.
The Bundesliga champions have waged a summer-long charm offensive to tempt Sane back to his homeland.
Guardiola said during City’s tour to China last week that it was time for his former club to put up or shut up over Sane after declaring he wouldn’t keep the player in Manchester if he was unhappy.
Rummenigge’s response was “I do not know if Pep knows everything that goes on at his club. No idea.”
There have since been suggestions that Bayern have offered Austrian full-back David Alaba as a makeweight in a deal, which City sources have denied.
City are also continuing to talk to Sane about a new contract.
The 23-year-old has two years left on his current deal, but negotiations about an extension began a year ago and there has not yet been a breakthrough.
A City senior source said: “We are not in negotiations with Bayern over Sane.
“We are talking to him about a new contract and not looking to sell.
“We have also had no offer of Alaba. That is totally spurious and we are well stocked at left-back.”
Guardiola has already made clear his desire to keep Sane at the Etihad in 2019-20.
He stated last week: “For a long time they are talking about their interest in Leroy Sane. He is our player and we hope that he can stay here this season and next season and next season.”