After a hugely successful spell at Anfield, the Senegal striker joined the Bundesliga champions
Sadio Mane left Liverpool and joined Bayern Munich in a €41m (£35m/$43m) movement.
The 30-year-old informed the Reds of his desire to leave after their Champions League final loss to Real Madrid in May, and with Mane only having one year left on his contract, the Reds have him allowed to leave now rather than risk losing. him for nothing in the summer of 2023.
Mane’s exit caps an immensely successful spell for the Senegal international in English football, with his spell at Liverpool seeing him score 120 goals in 269 appearances.
How much will Mane cost Bayern Munich?
Liverpool will receive a Fixed fee of €32m (£27m/$34m) for Mane, with another €6m (£5m/$6m) possible depending on appearanceswith another €3 million based on individual and collective achievements.
The transfer fee means Liverpool sold the winger for more than the £33.5m (€39m/$40m) they paid to sign him from Southampton in 2016 – but for Bayern, this marks a key deal in the transfer window.
How long is Mane’s contract and salary at Bayern?
Mané signed three-year contract at Bayern, tying him with the Bundesliga champions until the summer 2025.
Reports claim that he is expected to earn a salary of around 15 million euros per yearmaking him one of the biggest winners at the Allianz Arena.
What has been said about the transfer of Mane to Bayern?
Mane told his new club’s website: “I am very happy to finally be with FC Bayern in Munich. We had a lot of talks and I felt the great interest of this great club from the start. So there was no doubt in my mind from the start: this is the right time for this challenge.
“I want to achieve a lot with this club, also at international level. During my stay in Salzburg, I followed many FC Bayern matches – I really like this club!”
Mane leaves a legend – replacing him won’t be easy
The sight of OBJECTIVELiverpool correspondent Neil Jones:
It didn’t take long for Liverpool fans to fall in love with Mane, but it might take them some time to recover from his exit.
He leaves like an Anfield legend, that’s for sure. He was the first of Jurgen Klopp’s genuine big signings on Merseyside, the catalyst for the Reds’ rise from the competition to genuine suitors.
The perfect blend of technique, physique and brain, he has thrived in three different positions under Klopp: Player of the Year on the right, European and Premier League champion on the left and, in 2022, as a No.9 itinerant free striker. .
Liverpool have bet on Darwin Nunez and Luis Diaz to fill in the gaps Mane will leave. Both have immense potential and seem well-suited to Klopp’s system, but both will need to be something special to replace the smiling and striking Senegalese superstar.
Bayern get a gem, and at a bargain price. Surely Liverpool could have asked for more but perhaps felt they owed it to Mane to respect their wishes
He wanted to leave on his terms. He didn’t get the Champions League win, which would have made it a perfect ending, but he’s leaving like a real great. He will always be adored at Anfield, and rightly so.
Flight! Bayern can’t go wrong with signing Mane
For Bayern – and German football – this deal is huge. It’s very hard to remember the last time a world-class player joined the Bundesliga at its peak.
And considering the price, it’s a real bargain!
At the same time, it must be said that Mane does not solve any of the most obvious problems for the Bayern team, and while he undoubtedly strengthens the attack and facilitates a possible departure of Robert Lewandowski, he is not not a classic No. 1. 9.
Either way, he’s an upgrade on the likes of Serge Gnabry and Leroy Sane in terms of a wide striker, and as such it’s hard to criticize Bayern for the deal, even if the policy of replacing a big name (Lewandowski) by another (Mane) does not always make strategic sense.
In the short term, however, Bayern couldn’t expect much more from a new signing this summer. With Mane, they will have a hard time being wrong.
Where will Mane play for Bayern Munich?
Mane’s place in the Bayern squad in 2022-23 will likely hinge on the future of Robert Lewandowski, who continues to press for a move away from the club as he enters the final year of his contract.
A scorer of 344 goals in 374 games for the Bavarians, Lewandowski’s boots will take some filler, and Mane could be tasked with doing just that by Julian Nagelsmann, having played as a central striker for much of the second half of last season at Liverpool following the arrival of Luis Diaz.
If Lewandowski stays or a natural No.9 replacement like Stuttgart striker Sasa Kalajdzic is found, then Mane is likely to be deployed in his most natural position on the left.
Kingsley Coman would be paired with him on the right side, with Leroy Sane and Serge Gnabry – assuming he is not sold this summer – available as reserve.
How do Liverpool plan to replace Mane?
The Reds have already brought in their replacement for Mane in the form of Darwin Nunez. The 22-year-old has been announced as the latest attacking arrival at Anfield, as Klopp continues to rebuild in the forward areas following the arrivals of Luis Diaz and Fabio Carvalho over the past six months.
Liverpool paid Benfica £64m ($79m) up front to sign Nunez, and could pay up to £21m ($26m) more.
Nunez has signed a six-year deal that will keep him at Liverpool until 2028. Reports suggest he will earn around £5m ($6.1m) a year in wages, significantly less than Mane at Anfield.