Speaking on the Talking Transfers podcast, Graeme Bailey discussed Sadio Mane’s future amid ongoing links with Bayern Munich.
It looks to everyone that Mane will be a Bayern player in the coming weeks after agreeing personal terms with the Bavarian outfit.
The Senegalese winger’s replacement has already been signed in the form of Darwin Nunez, and it looks like Mane’s suitcases are packed and he’s ready to go.
However, so far Bayern have not submitted an acceptable offer for Liverpool, and the Reds have apparently told the Bundesliga champions that they would happily keep Mane at the club if they don’t cough up the money.
Mane himself has reportedly decided that Bayern Munich is the only club he wants to join, so if the German giants don’t pay the correct fee, he could well stay at Anfield for another year.
What was said?
Bailey spoke about Mane and the fact that he would only leave Liverpool for Bayern.
“Liverpool have told Mane and Bayern they will keep him, they don’t have to sell him, if they have five strikers they will get him. Reports that he is asking for £400,000 a week are inaccurate, he’s not looking for that. He’s got a deal with Bayern at £350,000 a week, so he’s getting a stake. As things stand, there’s a stalemate at the moment, and if Bayern don’t find not the money, he won’t get it,” Bailey said.
“Mane has decided it’s Bayern or nothing, that’s what we’re told, people like Atletico who insist on being told they want Bayern. So if they don’t don’t pay the fee, he won’t go anywhere. I can’t imagine him not leaving, but Bayern will have to rise to the occasion.
Liverpool are playing a risky game taking a big bid from Bayern Munich.
If Mane does end up staying at Anfield, the Reds will have no less than six quality senior strikers, and while that seems like a good conundrum to have, rotating those six players will be next to impossible for Jurgen Klopp.
As sad as it is when Mane leaves, he needs to leave this summer so Liverpool can maintain a solid squad composition next season.
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