'One of our finest ever players' - Liverpool fans react to Sadio Mane transfer
Mane has signed a three-year deal with the Bundesliga champions.
The Senegalese forward was the subject of many bids from Bayern, but they kept getting rejected by Liverpool, however, the Reds have now finally agreed a fee and Mane will move to Germany.
Bayern had been in the market for an attacking player to bolster their forward line following a disappointing 2021/22 campaign where they only won the Bundesliga title.
Top scorer Robert Lewandowski also announced his desire to depart the club after eight years at the Allianz Arena, while Serge Gnabry may not stick around for long either after refusing a contract extension.
That almost made the signing of Mane a priority, as Bayern were eager to add a world-class player to their ranks, and the Senegalese is exactly who they were looking for.
Bayern initially had two bids rejected for the player – the second of which was described as “laughable”, as Liverpool wanted their valuation for Mane to be met, despite his contract running out next year.
The second bid came up to a total amount of €35m, with €27.5m offered upfront and the rest in bonus payments. However, their price has been pushed up.
Mane's Liverpool legacy
Mane joined Liverpool in the summer of 2016 and was seen as the first piece of the puzzle in Jurgen Klopp’s team, as they went on to form one of England’s finest sides.
In his time at Anfield, Mane won the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup, Carabao Cup, Club World Cup and European Super Cup.
In that period, the Senegalese played 269 matches for the club and scored 120 goals – forming fine partnerships with the likes of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Diogo Jota and Luis Diaz.
Liverpool are already planning for the future without him, having completed the signing of Darwin Nunez from Benfica for a club-record fee, should add-ons be paid.
Liverpool fans thanks Mane
Sadio Mane remains a fan favourite at Anfield, despite opting to leave for Bayern Munich.
Thank you for everything Sadio, we will never forget ❤️ pic.twitter.com/zfh89SyIIu— 𝑾𝒊𝒍𝒍 🌿 (@AnfieldMagic) June 22, 2022
Sadio Mané - 2016-2022.— The Anfield Talk (@TheAnfieldTalk) June 22, 2022
Liverpool Legend. pic.twitter.com/VaoHwclKwD
My favourite @LFC player of this era, Sadio Mane finally departs 😢 low maintenance high performance & never injured! Trophies & goals galore, a true Liverpool Legend. Thank you Sadio ❤️ https://t.co/X2XrPGEFaX— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) June 17, 2022
If ever there was a day to celebrate two of the finest players to play for the club, today would be that day.— The Anfield Buzz (@TheAnfieldBuzz) June 22, 2022
As one door closes with Mane moving on, it's bittersweet that Salah's legacy continues to it's 6th year.
A truly frightening pairing.
African Kings, YNWA 👑🥶 pic.twitter.com/6y9HxSdBSe
Special player & Special human being. Joined as a promising winger, left winning every trophy for us. Left us with many memories that will last forever. Top 3 best players in the world on his day.— Samuel (@SamueILFC) June 22, 2022
Good luck at Bayern, Sadio Mané! ❤️ pic.twitter.com/dB91QzI7Dz
He came, he saw and he won the lot. A Liverpool legend, a Premier League all time great and a fantastic human being whom I’m very grateful to call a friend.— Noor Patty (@NoorPatty) June 22, 2022
He gave us goals & memories that will live on forever. THE signing that revived Liverpool.
The inevitable Sadio Mané 👑 pic.twitter.com/tvvp9GNbhu
Sadio Mané, Liverpool and Premier League great. Thank you.❤️ pic.twitter.com/U4n7aGmFEm— Kloppholic (@Kloppholic) June 17, 2022