Paul Merson has questioned why Sadio Mane appears to have ‘his heart set on’ a summer transfer to Bayern Munich as it would be ‘brave’ for the winger to leave Liverpool, via his Daily Star column.
Mane has spent the past six years of his career at Anfield after moving to Merseyside in a £34m deal with Southampton. But the Senegalese sensation could be nearing the end of his Reds career, as the 30-year-old will enter the final year of the £100k-a-week contract extension signed in 2018 on July 1.
Jurgen Klopp had continued to keep Mane as an instrumental piece of his attack this season with the 88-cap forward showing his versatility. He played in 51 of the Reds’ 63 games across all competitions this term, while starting 46. The winger also scored 23, with 16 in the league, and created five goals.
Yet Mane’s last act as a Liverpool player may have occurred already, as Bayern Munich now have the attacker firmly on their radar. Sport Bild claim he has agreed a three-year deal with the Bavarian giants that will see the forward earn €20m-a-season (£330k-a/w). But they are yet to agree his price.
Liverpool want €50m (£43m) to sell Mane, but Bayern Munich have set their stall at an initial €30m (£26m). Der FCB could increase the sum of a deal to €40m (£34m) with an additional €10m (£8.5m) in performance-linked add-ons. But the Bundesliga side will lean heavily on his contractual situation.
Paul Merson ‘just don’t know why’ Sadio Mane would want to leave Liverpool for Bayern Munich
Mane will leave Liverpool as a Champions League, Premier League, EFL Cup and FA Cup champion if Bayern Munich find an agreement over a fee. But Merson is at a loss as to why the Senegal forward would want to leave Anfield, as he would be putting a lot on the line to test himself in a new league.
“It seems clear Sadio Mane has his heart set on a move to Bayern Munich, but I can’t for the life of me see why,” Merson wrote. “The grass is not always greener on the other side of the fence, and there are no guarantees that he will be as successful in Germany as he has been with Liverpool.
“Since his arrival from Southampton six years ago, Liverpool have played a way that suits his game and goals could dry up in a different set up and a different league. It is a brave move to make if he wants a fresh challenge and is backing himself to make a success of it.
“There may still be a bit of wrangling to be done over the fee because at the £25m which was talked about last week, it ain’t going to happen. Add another £10m on and, with just a year left on his deal, it might. But I just don’t know why he wants to leave Liverpool in the first place.”