Liverpool will use quotes from Bayern Munich’s president against them over any transfer for Sadio Mané, according to reports. The Reds have the upper hand here.
This comes from the Telegraph. They claim that Liverpool will use quotes from Bayern Munich’s president, Herbert Hainer, against them as they try to secure a Sadio Mané transfer.
Liverpool are apparently quite open to selling the player in the final year of his contract. However, they don’t wish to do it on the cheap. Some teams buckle in that last year and sell at a discount but the Reds are keen to avoid that. Too much, anyway.
The Reds believe Mané is worth over £40m – a fair assumption – but Bayern want to secure him for under that. And that’s where the quotes come in.
The Telegraph explain how Bayern are in a remarkably similar position with Roberto Lewandowski. He’s in the final year of his contract and pushing for an exit. Hainer openly talked about not selling at a discount just because he’s in the final year of his deal.
“We are in the fortunate position that we have no financial difficulties,” he said.
Bayern want Sadio Mané transfer
It’s particularly interesting as Liverpool considered Bayern’s opening bid to be ‘laughable’, per the Athletic. The offer saw £23.5m upfront with £6.5m in add ons. Those add ons, however, only triggered if Bayern won the Champions League and Mané won the Ballon d’Or in each of the next three seasons.
So essentially, their offer was £23.5m – a little over half of what Liverpool want.
The fact that Bayern hold their Lewandowski stance – a player three years older than Mané – is recognition of Liverpool’s own stance, however. They can’t afford to sign the Reds’ star too cheap, then, or they ruin any negotiations for Lewandowski.
It’s a smart tactic from Liverpool, even if Bayern are putting it on a plate themselves. The German champions will fly into Merseyside this week to try and find an answer. Clearly, though, it won’t be easy.