Bayern coach Kovac eyes winger Sane: can definitely help us

Munich (dpa) – Bayern Munich coach Niko Kovac said Tuesday he would welcome the signing of Germany winger Leroy Sane from English Premier League champions Manchester City. “He can definitely help us,” Kovac told reporters. “You have seen in the national team and at City what ability he has.” Bayern have long been interested in the 23-year-old and would be willing to spend a record fee on the pacy forward. But Sane, who contract with City runs to 2021, has not been clear if he wishes to move to the Bundesliga. “With Leroy I don’t know how quickly it goes or not,” Kovac said. “The market has to get started first.” The former Borussia Dortmund winger Ousmane Dembele, now with Barcelona, was “also a very good player,” according to Kovac.

Bayern must replace long-time wingers Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery who left at the end of the last season but funding moves for both targets would be difficult. “Bayern Munich looks at many positions and tries to fill every position well,” Kovac said. “Where we have a bit of a need perhaps is definitely up front. There we lost the two wingers.” Kovac said as “again the hunted in the Bundesliga” that a squad of 17 senior players would not be enough for domestic action and in Europe, where Bayern went out in the last 16 of the Champions League against Liverpool who went on to lift the trophy. But Kovac expressed confidence club bosses would deliver the necessary transfers. “Our goals for the season are clear: we want to defend our Bundesliga crown and do much better in Europe than we did last season,” the coach said.

Kovac was speaking at the introduction of teenage striker Fiete Arp, who signed from second division SV Hamburg. But he urged caution over the player who was not even a regular starter in the lower tier last term. “We want to give Fiete the time he needs to develop here as best as possible,” Kovac said. “We want to mould him into a very good player.” While the attack needs work, Kovac has already had his defence boosted by World Cup winners Benjamin Pavard from VfB Stuttgart and Lucas Hernandez from Atletico Madrid. Kovac said Mats Hummels, who left for Borussia Dortmund, did not fancy the competition for places expected this term “Competition means the better player plays,” Kovac said. “Mats was of the opinion he wanted to go out of the way of that.” Bayern will soon head off for their latest tour of America and face “exciting opponents,” according to Kovac, in Arsenal, Real Madrid and AC Milan. “We will take many players from the youth team so we can rotate,” Kovac said. “That allows us to have optimal training conditions. It’s all about being as fit as possible for the new season.” Bayern have the curtain-raising Super Cup away to Borussia Dortmund on August 3, play the first round of the German Cup and then open the Bundesliga at home to Hertha Berlin on August 16.

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