Liverpool have sold Sadio Mane to Bundesliga’s Bayern Munich in a £35m transfer deal.
Mane began his career at Metz with his senior debut in January 2012 where he scored twice in 23 appearances, prior to a switch to Red Bull Salzburg in August 2012 where he went on to net 45 goals in 87 appearances which ultimately led to a move to Southampton in September 2014.
Once he arrived in English Football, Mane went on to impress for the Saints with 25 goals in 75 appearances between 2014-16 seasons, which saw Liverpool decide to swoop for the Senegalese forward in June 2016 to much fanfare.
Mane quickly proceeded to quietly establish himself as a first-team regular under Jurgen Klopp and formed part of a popular forward trio alongside Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino for much of’ his time at Anfield.
Across his time on Merseyside, Mane scored 120 goals in 269 appearances and won six trophies in all competitions, which led Liverpool to state that he leaves the club “… with the best wishes of everyone and the complete set of Premier League, Champions League, FIFA Club World Cup, UEFA Super Cup, Emirates FA Cup and Carabao Cup winner’s medals.”
Mane’s departure now concludes an eight-season spell in English Football during which he won every domestic trophy once, with the Senegalese forward now set to play for a fourth different European league and fifth club overall.
Speaking about his move after signing a three-year contract, Mane said: “I’m really happy to finally be at FC Bayern in Munich. We spoke a lot and I felt big interest from this great club right from the beginning, so for me there were no doubts.”
Mane went on to describe the timing of this move as ideal for him whilst he is still in the prime of his career, as he added: “It’s the right time for this challenge. I want to achieve a lot with this club, in Europe too. During my time in Salzburg I watched a lot of Bayern games – I really like this club!”
Bayern Munich President, Herbert Hainer added that Mane “is a global star,” who he believes will provide a positive boost not just the club but Bundesliga as a whole.