Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says Pep Guardiola should not be so quick to dismiss the German side’s hopes of signing Leroy Sane from Manchester City.The Bavarian outfit have been open about their desire to bring the 23-year-old winger back to the Bundesliga ahead of the new season.Rummenigge declared in May that the German champions would “try” to sign Sane this summer after Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery left. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? City are trying to convince the ex-Schalke star to sign a new contract, however, and Guardiola suggested this week that there had been no approach from his former side.He told reporters: “For a long time [Bayern] talk about their interest but Leroy is our player and hopefully he can stay next season and next season and next season.”But Rummenigge says Bayern’s hopes of bringing Sane to the Allianz Arena are not over yet, as he suggested there may be more going on than Guardiola knows.”I don’t know if Pep knows what’s going on in his club. No idea. Let’s wait,” he told Bild.”If there is something to announce, then we will do that, but it’s not that far.”While Guardiola has said repeatedly that he hopes Sane stays in England, he implied this week that the player would be allowed to leave if he wants, saying: “It is his decision, it’s the same as what happened with [Jadon] Sancho. We want him, we are giving everything, but in the end, if he doesn’t want, what can you do? Nothing.”City are reportedly demanding at least £90 million ($112m) for Sane, while his wage demands are said to be excessive by Bayern’s standards.In June, Bayern president Uli Hoeness admitted that a deal is probably too expensive for his side, telling Kicker: “You have to be a bit sceptical. It’s unlikely that it will work. It’s about sums, they’re insane.”Sane, who has two years left on his contract at City, made 47 appearances and scored 16 times in all competitions as Guardiola’s side won the domestic treble last season.
Shanghai: Denis Shapovalov defeated Frances Tiafoe 6-4, 6-2 at the Shanghai Masters on Monday, setting up a second-round encounter with defending champion Novak Djokovic. The first game of the match stretched to 15 minutes before Tiafoe held serve, but Shapovalov eventually took control with a break in the first set and two more in the second. “The start of the match was really important and I was trying to step up from the first game,” Shapovalov said. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju “I think the first game helped me find a rhythm on his serve.” The 36th-ranked Shapovalov played the top-ranked Djokovic on two previous occasions, with both matches taking place this year. He took Djokovic to four sets in the third round of the Australian Open, but only won four games in the second round at the Rome Masters. “He’s beaten me twice so there’s not much for me to lose, so I’ll just go out there and enjoy myself,” Shapovalov said. “I’ll go out there and give it all I have. Also Read – Mayank plays fearlessly like his idol Virender Sehwag: VVS Laxman “It’s going to be a tough one, but I have a great game and I think I have a chance to beat him.” A Canadian citizen, Shapovalov was born in Israel and is currently a resident of the Bahamas. He said he hasn’t been back home since Hurricane Dorian devastated the islands in August. “Obviously it’s terrible what has happened to the Bahamas,” he said, adding his home didn’t sustain much damage. “I’m going to try to see what I can do to give back.” Fellow Canadian Vasek Pospisil upset 14th-seeded Diego Schwartzman of Argentina 7-6 (2), 6-2 in another first-round match. The 10th-seeded Fabio Fognini of Italy faced little resistance from American Sam Querrey in a 6-4, 6-2 victory. Andy Murray, playing on a wildcard, faces Argentine qualifier Juan Ignacio Londero in Monday’s first night match.