Transfer of Sadio Mane to Bayern Munich: The Liverpool striker signed for 32 million euros in the Bundesliga.

Bayern Munich and Liverpool have reached an agreement for the transfer of Sadio Mane, with the Bundesliga champions agreeing to pay an initial fee of 32 million euros for the Senegalese striker.

Mane has completed a three-year deal with Bayern, leaving Liverpool in a deal that could reach 41 million euros, which would mean a profit for the Reds over the amount originally paid to Southampton for the 24-year-old striker. The German club unveiled their new striker on Wednesday.

After six trophy-laden seasons at Anfield, the 30-year-old told the club’s hierarchy earlier this summer of his desire to test his talents elsewhere. The Bundesliga offers him just that opportunity and, with the arrival of one of the best strikers in the world in his team, Bayern feel well placed to contest the Champions League next season. Mane had just one year left on his current contract with Liverpool, which he is leaving having won all the honors available to English clubs. In 269 games for the Reds, he scored 120 goals and provided 48 assists.

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Liverpool have already moved to replace their outgoing number 10 and signed Darwin Núñez from Benfica earlier this week in a club record deal worth €100m. With Mané having spent much of the second half of the season as a centre-forward, it’s possible the Uruguayan will simply slip into the space between Luis Diaz and Mohamed Salah, who is also heading to the last 12. month of his contract. With Roberto Firmino, Diogo Jota and Fabio Carvalho in the squad, Jurgen Klopp will not lack depth on the front line.

What is perhaps more intriguing is what happens next for Bayern, who themselves have an underachieving striker in Robert Lewandowski. Like Mané, the Polish international wants a change of scenery for the last years of his life. FC Barcelona want to sign him and, although Bayern insist they want Lewandowski to go through with his contract, it looks like the battle is a losing one.

It has been suggested in Germany that Bayern see Mane return to his Liverpool role at the Allianz Arena, playing as the central point of a free-flowing front trio. Whether Serge Gnabry, another of the star strikers out of contract in 2023, will be part of that trio, remains a matter of debate, with no signs of a breakthrough in his contract extension.

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