Bayern Munich sign Mane from Liverpool


Bundesliga champions, Bayern Munich, on Wednesday, announced the signing of Senegal forward, Sadio Mane, from Liverpool on a three-year contract.

Mane arrived in Munich on Tuesday for the mandatory medical and then put pen to paper on the high-profile deal until 2025.

The 30-year-old forward’s official presentation has been scheduled to hold later on Wednesday.

Neither Munich nor Liverpool gave figures but the transfer fee has been estimated at 32 million euros (33.7 million dollars) which can rise to 41 million euros with add-ons.

The Senegal captain joined Liverpool in 2016 from Southampton and won all titles on offer with Jurgen Klopp’s Reds, scoring 120 goals in 269 games for them.

“Mane is a global star, who underlines the appeal of FC Bayern and will increase the attractiveness of the Bundesliga as a whole.

“Fans come to the stadiums to see such players,” Bayern Munich President, Herbert Hainer, said.

Speaking on his move, Mane said: “I’m really happy to finally be at FC Bayern in Munich. We spoke a lot and I felt big interest from this great club right from the beginning.

“So, for me, there were no doubts. It’s the right time for this challenge. I want to achieve a lot with this club, in Europe too.”

The transfer is a big statement of intent from the 10-time reigning Bundesliga champions.

Mane’s arrival in Munich makes the future of Serge Gnabry unclear, while Bundesliga top scorer and star striker, Robert Lewandowski, is seeking to leave.

Both are contracted one more year.

According to dpa, the situation could make Bayern Munich chiefs reconsider their tough stance on Lewandowski who has said on several occasions that he wants a summer move, amid strong interest from FC Barcelona.

Bayern Munich’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Oliver Kahn has insisted that the 33-year-old must stay, but they could now reconsider if the price is right.

The signing of Mane is also seen as a boost for their board member for sport, Hasan Salihamidzic, and also for Kahn who has only been in office for a year.

Pre-season training starts in early July and Bayern Munich’s first official game is the July 30 Super Cup against Cup winners Leipzig.

They start the Bundesliga season a week later at Europa League winners Eintracht Frankfurt.

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