Manchester City made an attempt to secure the signature of French winger Kingsley Coman from Bayern Munich as part of the deal that saw Leroy Sane move in the opposite direction.
Coman, who previously worked with City manager Pep Guardiola during a loan spell at Bayern in the 2015/16 season, was target by the Citizens but Bayern’s sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic insisted that the Frenchman was not for sale.
According to German site SportBILD, City’s sporting director Txiki Begiristain pushed hard for a swap deal between the two clubs which would see Coman join the blue side of Manchester, but had to settle for a cash fee.
Coman, who missed out on France’s World Cup success in 2018 through injury, will be looking to get as much game time as possible in order to nail down a place in the French squad for next year’s European Championships.
However, he will be competing for a place with new arrival Sane, who also missed the 2018 World Cup after being snubbed by German national team manager Joachim Low.
The former Schalke man scored 39 goals for Man City during a four-year spell in England, including a crucial winner against Liverpool in January 2019.
The German, who has missed most of the season following an injury sustained in the Community Shield, has joined the Bundesliga champions in a deal worth up to €60m.
Speaking to Bayern’s official website, the 24 year-old said: “FC Bayern is a great club with big goals – and these goals suit me as well. I’m looking forward to the new challenge and can’t wait to train with the team.
“I want to win as many trophies as possible with FC Bayern, and the Champions League is the top priority.”
Having missed out on Coman, Man City will now have to look elsewhere for a replacement for Sane, with the Manchester Evening News reporting that Wolves winger Adama Traore and Burnley’s Dwight McNeil are on their radar.