Sadio Mane: Liverpool agree to sell 35 million pounds of Senegalese striker to Bayern Munich | football news

Liverpool have agreed to sell Sadio Mane to Bayern Munich for a deal worth £35m.

Bayern Munich will pay £27.5m with another £5m based on appearance. The Bundesliga club will pay another 2.5 million pounds based on the achievements of individuals and teams.

The deal beats what Liverpool paid for Mane – £31m plus £2.5m in add-ons – with Southampton getting no extra money.

Mane has been the foundation of the club’s success over the past six seasons, so he will be leaving with their blessing and gratitude.

Liverpool were aware of the need to develop their squad without feeling emotions as a driving factor, and efficiently reset their attack by recruiting Diogo Jota, Luis Diaz and Nunez.

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Bayern were confident of relegation with the Senegal international after receiving a verbal commitment from him last month. They believed it enabled them to seal a deal at a discount, especially given Nunez’s development.

The Bundesliga giants also cited their ‘soft’ negotiations with Liverpool for Thiago, selling the midfielder for £20m with a possible £5m addition.

Mane’s impending new move came when the Senegal star paraded around his country and returned to playing football on a muddy rooftop in his hometown of Bambali. The match also saw ex-Senegalese internationals Babis Cissé and El Hadj Diouf play among a large crowd.

How did Mane represent Liverpool with Klopp?

Liverpool, Sadio Mane, celebrates after scoring his team's second goal

Mane’s future was, until the final weeks of the season, a sideshow for Salah’s future – although he was also entering the final year of his contract at Anfield.

It’s a familiar dynamic. Although Mane is cherished by those associated with Liverpool, he receives only a fraction of the attention and praise that his teammate receives. It’s been like that since Al-Masry came, a year after he came, in 2017.

However, he is gone after playing a similarly crucial role in the club’s transformation during Klopp’s tenure, leaving an indelible mark on Liverpool and the Premier League as a whole.

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His arrival from Southampton in 2016 heralded the start of the glorious chapter that followed. Mane was, after all, Klopp’s first major signature. Quick, fiercely aggressive and ruthlessly efficient, he came to embody a Klopp-led Liverpool perhaps better than anyone else.

Together with Salah, he helped redefine the expectations of attackers on a large scale, reaching double figures for goals in six consecutive seasons and scoring at least 20 out of four of them. His 120 goals total puts him 14th in Liverpool’s all-time scoring charts.

The numbers reinforce his legacy with Liverpool while the consistency of his production, combined with the pivotal role he played in the club’s first title win in 30 years in 2020, ensure the greatness of the Premier League as well.

Liverpool matches: The Reds start at Fulham

The opening round of 22/23 English Premier League matches
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The opening round of 22/23 English Premier League matches

Liverpool kicks off their 2022/23 Premier League campaign with a lunch trip to newly promoted Fulham on Saturday 6 August.

This will be the fourth consecutive season that Liverpool begin a new campaign against the Premier League’s newcomer.

But after facing Crystal Palace, Jurgen Klopp’s side will face Manchester United at Old Trafford on August 20.

September will see away trips to both Everton and Chelsea in September, and Liverpool will also face back-to-back matches against champions Arsenal and Man City on October 8 and 15 respectively.

Liverpool’s last game before the season was paused for the Winter World Cup will be against Southampton at Anfield on 12 November before returning to action at Aston Villa on Boxing Day.

The Reds then host arch-rivals United on March 4, before tough-looking matches on back-to-back weekends at City (April 1) and against Arsenal at Anfield (April 8), before ending the season in Southampton.

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