No one pretended to be discreet. Sadio Mané appeared in Munich this Tuesday to present the recognition ahead of his move from Liverpool to Bayern Munich. A private plane picked him up in Mallorca early in the morning and took him to the Bavarian capital, where a red sedan picked him up on the airfield’s tarmac to take him to a downtown hotel ahead of the obligatory medical check-up. After overcoming, the Senegalese striker was seen in the clothes of his new club, who will pay 32 million euros for his rights, a figure that could reach 41 million depending on variables. That’s exactly the sum Liverpool paid Southampton six years ago to secure what was then considered a risky signing, which paid off with 120 goals in 269 games and a full title tasting: Premier League, English Cup, League Cup, Champions, European Super Cup and Club World Cup .
Negotiations had begun for a €50m fee, which was lowered as Liverpool managed to complete the takeover of Darwin Núñez. Mané’s exit was inevitable: the player’s contract ended in June 2023 and Bayern offered him a three-year deal that doubled his salary at the Premier to bring him up to €20m a season. Hasan Salihamidzic, Munich’s sports director, had already considered the operation to be complete in an interview with a German television station last Friday. “Sadio Mané is at the peak of his career, at the age of footballing maturity and hungry for titles. He comes into the right team,” explained the former Bosnian player-turned-coach.
Mané’s arrival could open the exit door for players like Gnabry or Lewandowski on a year’s contract, although Bayern’s new forward can work in all attacking positions. He joined the right flank at Anfield when he arrived from Southampton in the summer of 2016. With the addition of Salah, he started to develop down the left flank. And in recent months, following the arrival of Luis Díaz, he has made his mark nine.
Bayern will present their newcomer this Wednesday. Sadio Mané, who speaks German because he spent two seasons at Salzburg before moving to the Premier, is the third reinforcement in this market for the champions of the last ten Bundesliga games, who have landed midfielder Ryan Gravenberch at Ajax for €18.5m and a variable of 5.5 million more and right-back Noussair Mazraoui, who ended his contract in Amsterdam.