The lowdown: Anfield icon
Signed for £34million from Southampton in 2016 (BBC), Mane has been nothing short of sensational for the Reds in six years on Merseyside.
Under the tutelage of Jurgen Klopp, the 30-year-old Senegal star played a huge part in ending the 30-year wait for a top-flight title, whilst also lifting the UEFA Champions League, FA Cup, Carabao Cup, FIFA Club World Cup and UEFA Super Sup during a trophy-laden period at Anfield.
The latest: O’Connell drops update
Taking to Twitter, amidst much speculation about the end of the Senegalese international’s time on Merseyside, O’Connell has claimed that Mane and Bayern Munich have already agreed on their end of the deal.
He said: “Sadio Mane has agreed a three year contract with Bayern Munich. PSG and Barcelona were also interested. He has spoken directly to Julian Nagelsmann. Now up to clubs to agree a fee. Liverpool and Bayern Munich began official talks yesterday.”
The verdict: Time to say goodbye?
Whilst the breaking up of what has been a nigh-on untouchable front three of Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Mane had to happen at some stage, losing the 86-cap ace at this juncture so soon after Premier League and Champions League heartbreak is a huge blow to Jurgen Klopp’s squad.
During the recently concluded 2021/22 campaign, the powerful frontman was reborn in a central role following the arrival of left-wing sensation Luis Diaz, ending the season with 23 goals and five assists from 51 appearances across all competitions.
One sticking point on the deal being conducted in a swift fashion appears to be the fee, with initial reports suggesting somewhere in the region of €30million (£25.5million) could be enough. However, Liverpool seem certain to demand more for the £72million valued attacker despite his dwindling contract.
Albeit replacing the man once hailed for his ‘monstrous’ performances by Arsene Wenger is no mean feat, under Klopp and the ownership of FSG, Liverpool have been the envy of the world when it comes to recruitment and Julian Ward will no doubt be charged with the task of finding a suitable striker successor.
In other news: Liverpool identify ‘intelligent’ forward to replace Mane, read more here
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