Liverpool will happily allow Sadio Mane to re-join the squad next season if Bayern Munich don’t pay their asking price.
That’s according to 90min. They claim that if their valuation isn’t met for Mane, Liverpool are ‘prepared’ to welcome him back into the fold.
Mane has reportedly ‘made it clear’ to Liverpool that he only wants to join Bayern. It’s claimed that despite interest from Spain and Italy, the German Champions are his only choice.
The 30-year-old has even reportedly agreed a contract worth £350k-a-week in Munich. However, Liverpool are said to have told Mane he will only move if their asking price is met.
A surprising turn of events
Should Mane end up staying at Liverpool next season it would be an incredibly surprising turn of events.
Since the season ended, his move to Bayern has seemed inevitable. It may still be, but the Germans have so far shown themselves to be unwilling to meet Liverpool’s demands.
A couple of bids have already been turned down by Liverpool. The second of which was even deemed ‘laughable’ on account of the add-ons being offered.
In the meantime, Liverpool have gone out and spent over £60m on Darwin Nunez. Most fans have naturally expected the Uruguayan to be a replacement for Mane. But should The Reds’ number 10 stay, then wow, that really would be some attack.
Mane, Nunez, Mohamed Salah, Diogo Jota, Roberto Firmino, Luis Diaz. Add to that the incoming Fabio Carvalho too. There’s surely no way Liverpool go into a season with such an abundance of talent.
Other options Liverpool could pursue
It’s tempting to ask what choice do Liverpool have? They had to prepare for Mane’s departure and have done so in emphatic fashion.
Even if the Senegalese doesn’t leave this summer, he would be certain to do so in a year’s time anyway. Liverpool have prepared for that eventuality.
They shouldn’t be lowballed for a player who is under contract and still one of the very best in the world.
But as Mane has made it clear that he wants to go, it may be remiss to hold onto him. Should Bayern fail to stump up an acceptable bid, then Liverpool could offer him out to the wider footballing world.
The other option is of course lowering his asking price. Liverpool aren’t ones to be cowed in the market though.
It remains expected that the two clubs can eventually come to an agreement. If they don’t, Liverpool fans would be delighted to welcome the man who has scored 120 goals for the club back.
Whether Mane is happy to quietly accept such a turn of events is another matter entirely.