Leroy Sané: Alternative to Sancho

The summer transfer window is coming closer and rumours about possible new incomings are pilling up. One common name that keeps popping up is Jadon Sancho. He is currently one of the most exciting players in world football and his statistics are quite impressive, especially for someone who is just 19 years of age. (17 goals/19 assists in 35 games this season). So it’s no surprise that he’s wanted by several big clubs (among them Liverpool and Manchester United) but whether he will leave Borussia Dortmund at all this Summer is questionable, as circumstances make it difficult.

Therefore, Chelsea may have to look for alternatives to strengthen on the wing. It is very likely that both Pedro and Willian will leave the club in the Summer and there would only be two wide players left at the club (Pulisic and Hudson-Odoi). It’s not a question of whether a winger will be signed, but rather which one. Sancho is my top choice, but for the aforementioned reasons there must be alternatives and my personal first choice would be Leroy Sané.

Sané is such a talented player. His main position is the left wing, where he plays at Manchester City most of the time but he’s also able to play on the right where he played for Schalke, which is a big plus. Last season, he had 16 goals and 18 assists in 47 games in all competitions – that speaks for his fantastic offensive output. His main strengths are his pace and his dribbling, which can make him an unpleasant opponent for defenders in one vs one situations and cause real problems for the opposition defence. As a left-footed player he would definitely bring us a new dimension in the attack, as all of our current attacking players are right-footed. That could potentially make him a priority to sign over other targets. With Ziyech joining in the Summer, there would be a good balance between right-footed and left-footed attackers at the club. This is something that we haven’t had at Chelsea since the days of Arjen Robben and Damien Duff, when José Mourinho had so much success in his first season with the Blues.

Sané can make the difference in big games – for example the winner against Liverpool last season – and bring the necessary goal threat that our team lacks at the moment. His weaknesses include defensive work and also willingness to press, exactly what the tactics of Lampard often demand, but I think that Sané is adaptable and would be a huge improvement to our front line.

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The German international was already on the verge of moving to Bayern Munich last Summer but he injured himself seriously in the Community Shield, making that transfer no longer an option. However, if you believe the media reports, then Bayern are still very interested in buying him and the fee being reported that would meet City’s valuation is €80m. Manchester City may be forced to sell him next summer if he doesn’t renew his contract, otherwise they would risk losing him on a free in 2021. Manchester City have also been suspended from the Champions League for two seasons, which could be a decisive factor in whether Sané extends his contract or not. The 24-year-old is a realistic option but it’s unlikely that City would be prepared to sell him to a Premier League rival and “the Telegraph” reported lately that it’s not impossible that he will renew his contract.

Nevertheless, a wing player is a must for Chelsea in the summer and Sancho is a wanted man by many other clubs. Chelsea have to look for alternatives and Sané is a player that I have always admired and enjoyed watching. If he becomes available, then Chelsea should do everything to get him as he would definitely help the club move forward – although admittedly, it’s highly unlikely Chelsea would be able to secure his signature.

 

 

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