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Liverpool land slender boost as ‘world-class’ star signals his clear intent

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Liverpool have landed a small boost amid Bayern Munich showing an interest in signing Sadio Mane this summer as the Reds will not owe Southampton any sell-on fee from his 2016 transfer to Anfield.

That’s according to The Telegraph, who report the Saints hierarchy did not insist on any future add-ons when negotiating the winger’s sale to the Reds. Instead, the Merseyside outfit only spent £31m as an upfront payment, plus £2.5m in bonuses that Mane easily achieved during the seasons since.

Southampton additionally received a further £375k for every 30 starts that Mane made for Liverpool up to his 120th start. He also cost the Reds £250k in each season the Senegal international scored 12 Premier League and/or Champions League goals up to his fourth campaign, which he met in all four.

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Liverpool would not now owe Southampton a further payment if Bayern Munich prove successful in their interest in Mane this summer. The Bundesliga giants are courting the forward’s services ahead of Mane entering the final year of his £100k-a-week contract signed in November 2018 come July 1.

Mane has no interest in renewing his contract with the Reds and has made it clear to the Anfield side his desire to move. He informed the Reds hierarchy early on of a desire for a new beginning and has never asked for fresh terms. But the Merseyside outfit will expect to receive a high fee, nonetheless.

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Liverpool will not owe Southampton any sell-on fee if Mane joins Bayern Munich

Reports by The Athletic had suggested Liverpool would owe Southampton 15 to 20 per cent of any profit made on the fee the Reds paid for Mane in 2016, should Bayern Munich prove successful with their interest in his transfer. But The Telegraph’s update should now offer the Reds a slender boost.

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Especially with Sport Bild noting Bayern Munich only want to pay €30m (£26m) and a possible €10m (£8.5m) in add-ons. That would leave Liverpool to barely turn a profit in the years Mane could spend in Bavaria, should the Reds fail to receive the €50m (£43m) asking price they have set on the winger.

Mane seems set on moving to the Allianz Arena, as well, with Bild noting he has agreed a three-year contract worth €20m-a-season (£330k-a/w). His exit should serve as a big blow to Jurgen Klopp given the German’s regular praise, no matter the fee the Reds may or may not make or owe Southampton.

“He’s a machine,” Klopp said, via Eurosport, in May. “Massive player. [His] physicality is brutal, this mix of technique, desire and physicality in this moment when everybody has a few yards in the legs… You can see it with him, to be honest. Top goal, just fantastic, a world-class player.”

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