'If a Championship player': Paul Merson thinks Liverpool have just done some awful transfer business
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'If a Championship player': Paul Merson thinks Liverpool have just done some awful transfer business

Pundit Paul Merson can’t understand how Liverpool’s sold Sadio Mané for the fee they did. The Reds accepted under their asking price.

Liverpool officially sold Sadio Mané to Bayern Munich this week. It brings an end to a fantastic six-year spell at the club that saw the Reds grow into one of Europe’s best.

Mané was at the centre of that growth. In a lot of ways, he was the trigger for it as Jurgen Klopp’s first major signing – a player who truly started to put things into place. He’s helped to deliver every major trophy for the club and arguably played his best football just last season.

So why are Liverpool selling right now? And why for a fee that the Guardian has at just £35m – £28m guaranteed? It’s something that Paul Merson certainly can’t wrap his head around.

“I don’t see the value in this transfer at all for Liverpool,” he told SportsKeeda. “I know his contract was set to expire next summer. But they should have still kept him instead of selling for a fee believed to be in the region of £30 million.

“I mean, come on, I wouldn’t be surprised if a Championship player gets sold for £30 million in the near future, so this is a transfer that just doesn’t sit right with me.”

Liverpool sell Sadio Mané for a relatively small fee

Well, we actually said something similar back in May. The value in this just isn’t there and Liverpool could easily get £35m out of Mané in one season.

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But the context here is important. Mané, after all, wasn’t the only contract concern heading into 2023. Both Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino are also out of contract and there’s a growing feeling that they could leave for nothing next year.

Would Liverpool seriously entertain that idea? We doubt it – losing their front three for free would be disastrous. Thus selling one now always made sense and Mané is the easiest to replace. Especially when Diogo Jota, Luis Diaz and Darwin Nunez can all play from the left.

So while we see where Merson is coming from, there is logic to this deal. Mané is almost certainly worth more than £35m but Liverpool simply got what they could.

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