Bayern Munich and Liverpool have reached a deal for Sadio Mane with the Bundesliga champions, who have pledged to pay an initial €32m for the Senegal striker.
Mane is set to sign a three-year deal with Bayern in the coming days before leaving Liverpool which could eventually reach €41m, which would mean the Reds profit from the fee they originally paid Southampton for the then 24 summer match. summer striker. He is expected to undergo treatment in Bavaria in the coming days.
After six trophy-filled seasons at Anfield, the 30-year-old had told the club’s elite earlier this summer that he wanted to test his skills elsewhere; The Bundesliga offers him just such an opportunity, while with one of the best strikers in world football added to their team, Bayern will feel well placed to challenge for the Champions League next season. Mane has just one year left on his current contract with Liverpool, which he is leaving after having won all the top club accolades available to English teams. In 269 games for the Reds, he scored 120 goals and provided 48 assists.
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Liverpool have already moved to secure a replacement for the outgoing No. 10 and signed Benfica’s Darwin Nunez earlier this week for up to €100m. With Mane spending most of the second half of this season as a centre-forward, it’s possible that the new Uruguayan will simply slot in between Luis Diaz and Mohamed Salah, who is also approaching the final 12 months of his contract. With Roberto Firmino, Diogo Jota and summer rookie Fabio Carvalho on the team, Jurgen Klopp will have no shortage of depth in his front line.
Perhaps more intriguing is what’s next for Bayern, who have their own coveted striker in Robert Lewandowski. Like Mane, the Polish footballer is hungry for new places in the remaining years of his heyday. Barcelona want to sign him, and although Bayern insist that Lewandowski finish the last season of his contract, they seem to be fighting a losing battle.
In Germany, there has been speculation that Bayern will see Mane play his role again for Liverpool at the Allianz Arena, playing as the focal point of a flexible striker trio. Whether this will include Serge Gnabry, another star forward whose contract ended in 2023, remains a matter of some debate with no sign of a breakthrough in securing his renewal.