Bayern Munich are closing in on a move for Sadio Mane with the Senegalese international set to have a medical with the Bavarians tomorrow, according to the Mirror.
With one year left to run on his Liverpool contract, Mane expressed his desire to head to the Allianz Arena this summer and embark on a new chapter.
The Bundesliga champions have agreed a £35.1m deal with the Reds after having several opening offers rejected.
According to the Daily Mail, the 30-year-old could be unveiled as a new Bayern Munich player on Wednesday.
Liverpool have already signed Uruguayan starlet Darwin Nunez from Benfica to help fill the void that would be left by Mane.
Mane has spent six years at Anfield following his arrival from Southampton and he became a crucial part of Jurgen Klopp’s winning machine.
As well as winning six trophies during his time on Merseyside, the African Cup of Nations winner was the Premier League’s top scorer during the 2018-19 campaign with 22 goals.
Across six seasons, Liverpool’s number 10 directly contributed to 63 points thanks to the goals he scored. Mane looks set to finish his Liverpool career with 120 goals and 48 assists from 269 matches.
With his time at Liverpool drawing to a close, Rousing The Kop takes a look back at the Liverpool XI on Sadio Mane’s debut, which was a memorable 4-3 win against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium in August 2016.
Liverpool XI on Sadio Mane’s debut
The 34-year-old Belgian has been back in homeland playing for Club Brugge since leaving Liverpool in August 2019.
The former Sunderland stopper made 203 appearances for Liverpool, but his game time dwindled following the arrival of Alisson.
The 31-year-old signed a one-year contract extension with Crystal Palace earlier this month and Clyne will be hoping to build on the 16 Premier League appearances he made under Patrick Vieira last season.
It’s the most appearances the 14-time England international has made in the top-flight since the 37 he made under Klopp at Anfield during the 2016-17 campaign before suffering with a long-term problem, which saw him lose his place to Trent Alexander-Arnold.
With Virgil van Dijk yet to arrive on Merseyside and Joel Matip a new summer signing, the confident Croatian international was Klopp’s main man at the back during the early years of the German’s tenure.
The 32-year-old made 185 appearances for Liverpool before joining Zenit St Petersburg in August 2020.
The Estonian international spent two seasons at Anfield following his arrival from Augsburg before joining Italian side Cagliari.
The 36-year-old, who has 129 caps for his country and has been named Estonian footballer of the year seven times, made 53 appearances for the Reds and he’s currently playing for Paide back in his native country.
You certainly couldn’t fault the Spaniard’s commitment to the cause, although he clearly didn’t pay the same attention of detail to defending as to when he was marauding forward.
The 29-year-old, who was signed by Brendan Rodgers, made 141 appearances for Liverpool before moving to Villarreal. The four-time Spain international is currently out of action with a cruciate knee ligament injury.
Captain marvel remains at the heart of Klopp’s side and Henderson will no doubt be rallying the troops ahead of another assault for major trophies next season.
The all-action midfielder will have another big year ahead for club and country but after just turning 32, Klopp could well rest the former Sunderland man on a more frequent basis.
The former Southampton man scored Liverpool’s second in the 4-3 win against the Gunners back in August 2016.
But as Klopp bolstered his squad’s strength in depth, Lallana who struggled with injuries found game time hard to come by.
The attacking midfielder has made 55 appearances for Brighton & Hove Albion since joining the Seagulls in July 2020.
The Netherlands international has endured a difficult first season in the French capital after joining Paris Saint Germain on a free transfer last summer.
The box-to-box midfielder struggled to nail down a regular place in Mauricio Pochettino’s side, playing just 1,933 minutes of football over 38 appearances, of which only 22 were starts.
This led to him scooping the award of ‘ Ligue 1 Flop Signing of the Year’ by Get French Football News. Former Liverpool left-back Jose Enrique believes that Klopp should try and re-sign Wijnaldum on a season-long loan.
The man of the hour got his Liverpool career off to a dream start with a left-footed strike which gave Klopp’s side a 4-1 lead in north London.
Mane’s goalscoring prowess in the big moments will be a huge miss, but following the arrival of Nunez, Klopp’s side still has the firepower to blow teams away.
The Brazilian magician scored twice against Arsene Wenger’s side in August 2016 and Coutinho would go on to score 13 goals during the 2016-17 Premier League campaign.
After struggling to live up to the £142m price tag that Barcelona paid Liverpool in January 2018, Coutinho is back in the Premier League on a permanent basis after Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa made his loan move permanent.
Like Mane and Mohamed Salah, the Brazilian’s contract at Anfield expires next summer and following the arrival of Nunez, Liverpool’s number nine faces stiff competition in becoming one of the first names on Klopp’s team sheet once again.
The 30-year-old made 20 Premier League appearances last season, amassing 985 minutes and scoring just five league goals.