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Sadio Mané’s move to Bayern Munich

Sadio Mané’s move to Bayern Munich is edging closer after a delegation from the German club headed for face-to-face talks with Liverpool on Friday.

The Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic is leading the party in an attempt to agree a deal for the 30-year-old striker having already seen two bids rejected.

Liverpool turned down an opening gambit of £25 million and then rebuffed an improved offer of £30 million, which was made up of a guaranteed fee of £23.5 million and £6.5 million in add-ons.

A three-year contract has been prepared for Mané by Bayern and, in order for the bonuses to reach £30 million, they would have needed to win the Bundesliga title every season the player is there. Mané would also have had to win the Ballon d’Or in each of the next three seasons.

That offer was deemed laughable, yet the fact that Liverpool are seemingly prepared to meet Salihamidzic indicates a willingness to proceed with matters.

Liverpool are seeking around £42.5 million for Mané.
There had been an expectation that discussions on a new contract would take place this summer, but Bayern’s interest has turned the head of Mané to make his departure inevitable. (Paul Joyce, The Times)

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