Bayern Munich is reportedly eager to offload Sadio Mane to Saudi Arabian suitors, just a year after the Senegalese winger’s high-profile €41 million transfer from Liverpool. Mane’s move to Munich shocked the football world last summer, as he left behind an impressive record with Liverpool, including 120 goals and 48 assists, contributing to their Champions League and Premier League triumphs under Jurgen Klopp. However, Mane’s time with Bayern has been far from successful.
Struggling with injuries, Mane managed to score only seven goals in 25 Bundesliga appearances. His frustrations culminated in an incident where he punched teammate Leroy Sane following Bayern’s Champions League elimination at the hands of Manchester City in April. Now, reports from Germany suggest that Saudi Pro League clubs, including Al-Ahli, Al-Ettifaq, and Al-Nassr, have expressed interest in signing Mane, and Bayern Munich is open to offers.
According to journalist Georf Holzner, “Sadio Mane has been informed internally that the club no longer plans to include him in the upcoming season.” It is expected that Mane will leave Bayern during this transfer window. The club’s willingness to part ways with Mane is also motivated by the desire to reduce his salary burden. Mane, whose highest Expected Transfer Value (xTV) reached €74.5 million, is still valued at €47.8 million according to FootballTransfers’ algorithm. However, Bayern Munich would reportedly accept offers as low as €20 million as they seek to resolve issues surrounding the player.
In addition to his transfer value, Mane’s departure would provide significant financial relief for Bayern Munich. Currently earning €22 million per year before taxes, Mane is the highest earner at the club, surpassing even legendary goalkeeper Manuel Neuer by €1 million. Consequently, Bayern stands to save €44 million over the remaining duration of Mane’s contract.
Thomas Tuchel, the former Chelsea manager and current Bayern head coach, is said to have considerable influence over the club’s transfer decisions this summer. In fact, Bayern has already secured the signing of Tuchel’s former Borussia Dortmund protégé, Raphael Guerreiro. The German giants are also reportedly still in pursuit of Tottenham Hotspur and England star Harry Kane, although their initial bids have been rejected by the North London club.
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