There’s no doubt that £42.5million for Sadio Mane would have been a significant bargain for any suitor willing to shell out the cash for Sadio Mane.
In the end, however, an upfront fee of £27.5m (with add-ons attached) was enough for Bayern Munich to nail down their marquee signing, with Melissa Reddy outlining the key reasons behind the agreed discount:
- The Senegal international is particularly keen to join Julian Nagelsmann’s side
- “Years of high performance”
- Healthy relations between the two outfits
- “The smooth negotiation of Thiago” two summers ago
The 30-year-old enjoyed an excellent second half of the season for the Merseysiders, compensating for a drop in form in Mo Salah’s side after the AFCON final.
The loss of the former Southampton ace will hurt a lot, not least because Mane was largely responsible for bringing about Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool revolution, helping lead us back to the promised land of the top four soccer. .
With the entry into the Champions League, we had the opportunity to sign players like Mo Salah, Virgil van Dijk and Alisson Becker – talents that propelled us into the sports stratosphere.
Our No.10 has more than deserved the chance to explore a new challenge elsewhere and that won’t change how our former Borussia Dortmund boss, or much of the fan base, views the wide man-turned-striker and his legacy at Anfield.