An inside source at Bayern Munich wouldn’t be drawn to comment on rumours that Sadio Mane is about to join them from Liverpool.
That’s according to The Daily Mail’s Northern football correspondent Dom King, who shared his story via TalkSPORT.
“I’m lucky enough that I’ve had dealings with Bayern over the last number of years, and I spoke to someone there about it (the Mane situation),” said King. “I asked if there was anything in this, and I didn’t get a reply shall we say.
“This person will usually get back to a message, and I just thought that without being told anything, I was told a lot. The fact that the stories we’ve done today about Liverpool wanting money for him and the type of money they want suggests to me it’s going to happen.”
Waiting to hear from the Mane himself
Hopefully the next few days can offer some clarity as to where Mane’s head is at. Now that the season is properly over, the player will likely jet off on holiday for a period of time.
Liverpool must have been an intense environment to be working in over the last year as The Reds hunted a quadruple.
With some time away from the club and the pressures of the season finished, maybe Mane will come to a new perspective. There’s reportedly still a chance he may stay.
If his decision to leave the club remains unaltered, then Liverpool look to have a willing buyer in the German champions.
It does appear that the two sides have a different stance on the fee that Mane should command. But with plenty of time to get a deal done, you’d think that could be ironed out.
Finding a compromise
Bayern aren’t generally a club who like to pay over the odds. They’re used to being the biggest fish in the pond in the Bundesliga and don’t tend to pay huge fees for players, despite their super club status.
Liverpool need to be careful that they don’t price Mane out of a move and tie themselves to an unhappy player.
If his decision is to go, then Liverpool must come to a compromise. Their number 10 has been a terrific player at Anfield and should be allowed to leave in the right way.
That doesn’t mean that Bayern should expect to get him on the cheap though. The 30-year-old is still one of the best players around and would be a great signing for any team. Liverpool should be amply compensated for losing one of the top players in the world over the last five years.
A lot will depend on Mane himself. The whole of Liverpool and Munich await to hear his thoughts.
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