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'Put it this way': Bayern director explains what Liverpool truly thought of those 'ridiculed' Mané clauses

Bayern Munich got some stick from their reported add-ons for Sadio Mané in an initial offer to Liverpool. What did the Reds really think?

Liverpool officially sold Sadio Mané to Bayern Munich this week. It’s a transfer we all saw coming, of course, with rumours that this would go through circulating even before the Champions League final.

But it did take some negotiations. Mané was entering the final year of his Liverpool contract, after all, and Bayern saw an opportunity for a cut-price deal. The Reds, though, didn’t want to give up one of their star players on the cheap.

That split led to reports this month that Bayern had offered a pretty ridiculous package to Liverpool. Per the Athletic, there were add-ons of around £6.5m that only triggered if the Bavarians won the Champions League in each of the next three seasons and Mané won the Ballon d’Or three times, too.

Liverpool apparently saw that as ‘laughable, says the report. And understandably so. They even has the likes of Spartak Moscow taking digs on Twitter at the offer.

And yet, Bayern Munich director Hasan Salihamidzic now says that Liverpool ended up accepting those add-ons. Now so ridiculous now, hey?

“There were bonuses with our entry offer – add-ons that were initially ridiculed by one side or the other,” he told Bild. “Let’s put it this way: Liverpool accepted what is now known as the ‘Spartak-Moscow Clause’.

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“So it couldn’t have been that far-fetched.”

Liverpool accept Sadio Mané add-ons

Our guess here is that Liverpool would only get the full £6.5m if there were those dual hattricks of Bayern Champions League wins and Mané Ballons d’Or. We imagine the Reds get a portion of that amount each time one of the two happens, though.

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And at the end of the day, it’s far from unrealistic that Bayen clinch the Champions League over the next three years. They could even do it twice, if things really click for them. It’s also not far-fetched to see Mané winning the Ballon d’Or sometime soon – he’s been in that kind of form.

We’ll take back our own ridicule of the deal, then. It was clearly good enough for Liverpool.

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