BERLIN: Sadio Mane’s switch from Liverpool to Bayern Munich is a coup for the Bundesliga champions, who’ve signed a ready-made alternative for both wantaway striker Robert Lewandowski or winger Serge Gnabry. Mane, 30, arrives in Munich on a three-year contract with enough famous person standing to make stronger Bayern’s assault. “Frequently it’s the opposite direction round, however this time a Bundesliga membership has signed a best Premier League participant,” German mag Kicker commented closing week. The Senegal ahead reportedly price the German giants round £35 million (41 million euros, $43 million), handiest fairly not up to the sum Liverpool paid for him in 2016.
Crucially for Bayern, Mane can exchange both Lewandowski, who insists his Munich “tale has come to an finish” as he eyes a transfer to Barcelona, or Gnabry, who’s stalling over signing a freelance extension. In six years on Merseyside, Mane led Liverpool’s transformation underneath Jurgen Klopp from Premier League also-rans into severe contenders for main trophies. One in every of Klopp’s first main signings, Mane gained a blank sweep of Champions League, Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup and Membership Global Cup titles in his time at Anfield.
Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher sees Mane as a super signing for Bayern. “My favourite @LFC participant of this period – low repairs, excessive efficiency & by no means injured,” Carragher mentioned on Twitter this week. “Trophies & objectives galore, a real Liverpool Legend. Thanks, Sadio.” Any other former Reds participant, Dean Saunders, has claimed his skill will likely be wasted within the Bundesliga, the place Bayern have simply capped a decade of dominance by way of successful a tenth instantly league identify.
“The league is nowhere close to a problem for Mane. He’ll get objectives. They win 5-0 each and every week, just one workforce can win the league,” Sanders informed TalkSport. “It’s no longer a problem. He’s going to get in his armchair, gentle a cigar up, he’ll play for Bayern in 3rd equipment and he’ll coast for 2 years and wreck the most efficient two years of his lifestyles as a footballer.”
Mane scored 120 objectives in 269 video games for Liverpool. That pales into comparability with the outstanding tally of 238 Bundesliga objectives in 8 years which Lewandowski, two times voted FIFA’s best possible male participant, controlled in 252 appearances video games for Bayern. Then again, it’s his all-round, high-energy recreation that made Mane a favourite at Liverpool. He too can carry out simply as neatly taking part in off each wings as in the course of the heart.
Mane’s occupation started a ways from the highlight of the Allianz Enviornment. “Within the village you’re going to be a farmer, there’s no different activity to do. My dream as a child used to be to make historical past and win all of the trophies,” he mentioned within the documentary Sadio Mane: Made in Senegal. Noticed by way of French membership Metz whilst taking part in in Dakar, round 400km from his local village, he moved to France in early 2011. 3 years later, he left for RB Salzburg, the place he learnt German and inspired with 31 objectives in 63 video games.
He helped them win the Austrian league and cup double in 2014, then graduated to England’s Premier League when he used to be snapped up by way of Southampton. After two years on England’s south coast, Liverpool swooped for Mane, who changed into the second one best possible switch within the membership’s historical past on the time when the Reds paid £37 million for him. After scoring the successful penalty to say Senegal a primary ever African Cup of International locations identify and qualifying his nation for the 2022 Global Cup in Qatar, Mane faces a brand new problem with Bayern. – AFP