Sadio Mané made one critical demand to Liverpool over a potential new contract, according to reports. The Reds wouldn’t meet it.
This comes from the Mirror. They claim that Sadio Mané made a demand in his contract talks to be Liverpool’s best-paid player. The Reds wouldn’t give him that, however.
Their reasoning is fairly predictable – Mané is now 30 and the club didn’t want to break their wage structure for him. Any kind of long-term contract brought increasing risk year on year, after all. There’s no guarantee whatsoever that a 33-year-old Mané is worth anything like that kind of money.
On top of that, there’s Mohamed Salah. He’s making similar demands – which makes each demand a very difficult one. Liverpool would end up paying an enormous amount of money to two players who will likely start declining in the next couple of years.
Thus Liverpool knew Mané would be off as soon as he made that demand. He apparently verbally agreed on terms with Bayern Munich a few weeks ago and that signalled his departure.
Bayern would give Mané what he wanted. Liverpool opted not to.
Sadio Mané and his contract demand
We don’t really blame either side here. Liverpool can point to Darwin Nunez, Diogo Jota and Luis Diaz as reasons why they shouldn’t invest heavily in two wingers past 30. It would be a different matter if they didn’t have these younger players ready to step up but they do.
Whereas Mané can rightly point to his form over the second half of the season and demand a fortune. He was sensational and played a huge part in the Reds’ fight for four trophies. Of course, he wanted that recognised as his contract inched towards expiry.
Instead, Liverpool will take a chance on their younger trio to replace Mané as he leaves for Bayern. It’s a massive risk – there’s no getting away from that – but would have been either way. The club just need to hope they’re taking the right chance.