Liverpool star Sadio Mane has signed for Bayern Munich for a fee of approximately $33.6 million USD with $9.1 million USD in add-ons.
The striker claimed it was the right time for a challenge, stating, “I’m very happy to finally be with FC Bayern in Munich. We had a lot of talks and I felt the great interest of this big club from the start.”
He added that he was a big fan of Bayern Munich during his time at FC Salzberg.
Bayern Munich’s CEO, Oliver Kahn, said in an official statement that they were delighted to have signed Mane.
“With his outstanding performances and his great successes at the highest international level over many years, there are very few players like him in the world.
“We’re sure that Sadio Mané will delight our fans in the coming years with his spectacular style of play. He’s ambitious and eager to win more titles. This is a very strong package.
“With players like him at FC Bayern, all the biggest goals are possible,” Kahn said.
The 30-year-old forward departs after spending six years with Liverpool. The attacker joined the Merseyside in 2016 from Southampton, in which he’s won the Premier League, the Champions League, FIFA Club World Cup, UEFA Super Cup, FA Cup, and Carabao Cup.
The Senegalese forward bid farewell to Liverpool and their fans, claiming that he sent a long text announcing his departure to everyone involved.
“That was the plan from the beginning – to leave Liverpool in a very good way. It was fantastic in the club, in the dressing room. I am friendly with everybody, the coaching staff and even the kitchen staff, the ladies in the kitchen! So, for me leaving in a good way is so, so important – and (for) the fans as well,” Mane said.
It might take some time to get used to, for Liverpool fans, as Mane leaves after scoring a total of 120 goals in 269 appearances.
With just one year left on his contract, he departs shortly after the club-record signing of Darwin Nunez from Benfica.