Bayern Munich’s interest in Sadio Mane has been widely reported over the past few weeks, and now, the German giants have made their first bid for the Liverpool superstar over the weekend.
According to the Times, the Bundesliga championships have made a rather embarrassing £25m offer for the Senegal international. Considering that Liverpool are looking for up to £40m for Mane, Bayern’s bid was flat rejected, with the Bavarian side set to make another proposal for the winger in the coming weeks.
As per the report, the £25m offer wasn’t even entertained by Liverpool officials, with the Reds one of the best clubs in Europe for selling their players at a good price, which will likely see Bayern make a better bid for Mane this summer.
Indeed, Liverpool have become the masters of reaping profits by selling players. Yet this hasn’t always been the case, as here are five names the Reds have sold over the years who the Merseyside club certainly could have fetched a higher transfer fee for.
Alvaro Arbeloa – £3.5m to Real Madrid
Real Madrid are no strangers to making lavish and audacious signings with a next-to-no financial benefit, yet the signing of Alvaro Arbeloa from Liverpool in 2009 might have been one of Los Blancos’ shrewdest signings in the past 15 years.
Signed for just £3.5m from Liverpool, Arbeloa made 233 appearances for his boyhood club and was part of Jose Mourinho’s record-breaking Madrid side that dominated La Liga, with the defender also a two-time UEFA Champions League winner in a deal that the Reds could have extracted more value out of had they tried.
Suso – £1.1m to AC Milan
Now here’s a name we haven’t heard about for a very long time. Suso was once viewed as one of Liverpool’s stars for the future. But like many of the Reds’ promising talents during this era, it just wasn’t to be for the Spaniard, and so a £1.1m move to AC Milan was arranged.
With the Rossoneri also going through their own troubles, the move was seen as a smart for the Italian giants, and boy did the transfer work out well, with Suso developing into one of the most productive wingers in Serie A before moving to Sevilla for a reported £20m in 2019.
Iago Aspas – £5.4m to Sevilla
If there was ever a signing to sum up the banter era under Brendan Rodgers, Iago Aspas would easily be that player, with the Spanish striker, who was once tipped to replace Luis Suarez at Liverpool, completely flopping during his short and miserable spell at Anfield.
The attacker returned to Spain in 2014 with Sevilla before moving back to Celta Vigo a year later, and to say Aspas went a bit mental is something of an understatement, with the striker bagging 20+ goals in all competitions for the next four years, with the striker, now aged 34, hitting 18 in La Liga in the season just gone.
Luis Alberto – £4.3m to Lazio
From a goal machine to an assist wizard, not many Liverpool fans bat an eyelid when Luis Alberto, another talented prospect plucked from the continent, was sold to Lazio in 2016 for just £4.3m. Little did we know that this move would unlock the midfielder’s true potential.
Since moving to Rome, the Spanish international has been one of the most productive playmakers in Europe, with Alberto currently sitting on 40 goals and 60 assists for Lazio in all competitions since 2016, an outrageous return for a player Liverpool sold at a bargain price.
Georginio Wijnaldum – Free to PSG
Liverpool letting a player in the prime of their careers leave for free is very unusual given how successful the club have been in recent years at getting as much value as possible from a departing figure, yet that’s exactly what happened with Georginio Wijnaldum last summer.
The midfielder, who was massive in Liverpool’s Champions League and Premier League title wins, left Anfield for free last year as the club failed to find a buyer for the Dutch midfielder in the previous two transfer windows. And as we know, Wijnaldum’s decision to move to PSG has been an ill-informed one, with the former Newcastle United star struggling big time.