Liverpool have finally accepted a third offer from Bayern Munich for Sadio Mane, with sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic confirming the player is on his way to the club.
Mane, who has spent six years at Anfield, indicated after Liverpool’s UEFA Champions League defeat to Real Madrid that he wanted to leave this summer.
The 30-year-old has enjoyed much individual and collective success at the club, scoring 120 goals for the Reds and helping Klopp’s side win Premier League and Champions League titles.
But the opportunity to sign a lucrative contract with Bayern was too good to reject and Mane is now set to sign a three-year contract at the Allianz Arena.
Liverpool have agreed to sell Mane to Bayern Munich after rejecting two offers from the Bundesliga club earlier in the month.
Speaking to Sky Sport Germany, Salihamidzic was asked on the latest news surrounding Mane’s transfer after reports of an agreement between the two clubs. “Yes, he’s coming!” the Bosnian stated.
The 2021-22 Premier League runners-up were said to be ‘angry’ by Bayern’s first two approaches, with their opening bid worth £21m.
But the two teams have now reached an agreement, with Bayern paying an initial £27.5m with a further £5m based on appearances. Another £2.5m could be paid based on individual & team achievements.
Liverpool have already signed a replacement for Mane, with Uruguayan attacker Darwin Nunez completing a transfer move to Anfield last week.
While Klopp would not have wanted to lose Mane, Liverpool could not risk losing him for free next summer when his contract was due to expire.
Mane, who Liverpool signed from Southampton for £33.5m, will become Bayern’s third signing of the summer after Ajax duo Ryan Gravenberch and Noussair Mazrouai.