Speculation about Sadio Mane is intensifying. Liverpool will extend, Barca and Bayern are probably interested. How’s Mane?
English champions, Champions League and Africa Cup of Nations winners and Premier League top scorer: There has hardly been a title in recent years that Liverpool’s Sadio Mane has not won. The winger is an absolute regular player with the Reds and an undisputed top player and has long been one of the biggest stars in the world.
It goes without saying that almost every club manager on the planet would like to have someone like him on their team. The Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo reported on Tuesday that Mane is a serious option for Barcelona and the former Southampton player is interested in a switch to the Spanish league.
Besides Barca, is FC Bayern also hot for Mane? According to sky should the record champions trade with Mane, sporting director Hasan Salihamdzic will bring the Senegalese to Munich. According to him, a meeting between Salihamidzic and consultant Björn Bezemer in Mallorca was also about his client Mane. According to information from SPOX and GOAL The conversation was more about Serge Gnabry’s pending contract extension and also about a possible transfer from Leipzig’s Konrad Laimer to Munich. Sadio Mane on the other hand, had a terrible day.
But what about the situation at all with the right wing, whose contract at Liverpool expires in 2023? How does the club view Mane’s future?
Liverpool relaxed with regard to Mane
Liverpool sources say the situation is relaxed as negotiations between the club and Manes agent Björn Bezemer are scheduled for the end of the season. Bezemer has a close relationship with Julian Ward, the future Reds sports director.
He was in Villarreal with Ward and other club officials for the recent Champions League match and it is unlikely that rumors of Mane’s move are a ploy to persuade Liverpool to speed up contract negotiations.
Mane, for his part, has stressed that he wants to focus on football at the moment, while Liverpool are still aiming for the possible quadrupling. Liverpool beat Aston Villa in the Premier League on Tuesday and face Chelsea in the FA Cup final at Wembley on Saturday. On May 28, there is the Champions League final against Real Madrid in Paris.
Jurgen Klopp would ideally like to keep Mane at Anfield, but the situation is complicated by the fact that Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino are also approaching the final year of their contracts. It is considered unlikely that all three will extend.
In the case of Salah at Liverpool, they will have to break their existing wage structure to keep the Egyptian. Mane’s salary claim would not fall far short given his performance during his six years at the club, but any offer may depend on the outcome of negotiations with Salah depends.
Mane: Does the star striker want to leave Liverpool?
As of this writing, there is no indication, either publicly or privately, that Mane is looking for a new challenge. He is happy at Merseyside, although of course he is aware that several top European clubs are keeping an eye on his situation.
Mane’s performance for Liverpool has been strong this season, especially since the turn of the year. The striker has scored 21 goals in all competitions and has recently developed well in the central role as a striker, while newcomer Luis Diaz excels on the left flank.
Diaz’s arrival in January was taken as a sign that the Reds are planning for the period after Mane. Liverpool have also secured a player who can be used flexibly up front in Fulham’s Fabio Carvalho.
But Klopp, who himself recently renewed his contract, sees both Mane and Salah as key players in Liverpool’s future. He has stated that both will be able to play well into their 30s because of their professionalism and perseverance.
He is aware that it would be extremely difficult to replace both players’ performances, even given the positive impact that Diaz and Diogo Jota have had on Liverpool’s performances.