As European football reels from a complete lack of games due to the coronavirus, news sources continue to churn out precious transfer news to keep us entertained. According to Sport Bild, Bayern Munich sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic met with Leroy Sane’s representatives in Munich last week in order to drive talks behind the scenes.

A number of factors are making the transfer more difficult than originally anticipated.

Coronavirus straining revenue streams

Everyone knows that Sané won’t come cheap. The massive cost of the transfer was already a tough pill for Bayern to swallow. Manchester City are a rich team, and they don’t need a big transfer fee to stay afloat (FFP violations aside). Sané, therefore, may go for as much as €80m or more this summer.

With the coronavirus epidemic effectively nuking every club’s revenue streams this season, Bayern could be looking at a loss as high as the double-digit million range. Although the club can definitely absorb that hit for a single season, it makes a big transfer like Sané a lot more difficult, given that the Bavarians are also pursuing other targets at the same time.