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Man City file appeal with CAS against Uefa FFP case

Man City have asked the Court of Arbitration for Sport to throw out the financial fair play case. Credit: PA

Manchester City have asked the Court of Arbitration for Sport to throw out the financial fair play case that has been brought against them by European football's governing body UEFA.

The surprise move represents a pre-emptive strike as the FFP case has not yet even been heard by the relevant body at UEFA, the adjudicatory chamber of its Club Financial Control Board.

Last month, the head of the CFCB's investigatory arm Yves Leterme decided the Premier League champions do have a case to answer and it is understood that he has recommended they be banned from European club competition for at least a season.

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Sane will move to Bayern - German legend Matthaus

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Bayern Munich great Lothar Matthaus is certain Leroy Sane will swap Manchester City for the Bundesliga champions this summer.

Sane is contracted to the domestic treble winners for the next two seasons, but Bayern are eager to lure the 23-year-old back to Germany.

The Bavarian giants are on the lookout for wingers following the departures of Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery, and there have been declarations of interest in Sane from both president Uli Hoeness and chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

Sane scored 16 goals in 47 appearances in all competitions this season but has struggled to command a regular starting spot in the last few months.

City are thought to be keen to convince Sane - who joined from Schalke for £37million three years ago - to remain in Manchester, but Matthaus believes a return to his homeland is more likely.

"A player who, in my eyes, will enchant the Bayern fans next year is Leroy Sane," Matthaus wrote in his column for Sky Sport.

"I am sure he will move to Munich. If Uli Hoeness publicly reveals that he makes a bid for a player, in the vast majority of cases they arrive at Bayern.

"Guardiola is not really satisfied with him, the player wants to play more regularly and Bayern are looking for at least one wide man after the departure of Robben and Ribery. It would be a win-win transfer for all parties."

As for the transfer fee involved, Matthaus speculated that it could be a record-breaking sum for Bayern.

"Quality always has its price and Sane is more expensive than the previous record transfer of 80million euros for Lucas Hernandez.

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