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Mane is within touching distance of a move to Bayern after the Bavarian club agreed a deal worth up to £35 million with Liverpool. This would signal the end of the winger’s six year stay at Anfield, having won all the major trophies available to him at the club.
The Senegalese is about to join a club that has dominated their domestic league for the last decade, winning ten titles on the bounce. He will be seen as a potential replacement for Robert Lewandowski, who has been public about his desire to leave the German champions.
"An unsung hero of Klopp era!" ✨— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) June 18, 2022
Sadio Mane is set to have his Bayern Munich medical on Tuesday 🚨 pic.twitter.com/xVy4VhPN1L
Former Liverpool and Wales striker Dean Saunders is unsure about Mane’s move to Bayern, and doesn’t see a move to the Bundesliga as a challenge.
He told talkSPORT: “Nothing against the club, it’s a great club, but the league is nowhere near a challenge for Mane. He’ll get goals. They win 5-0 every week, only one team can win the league.”
“It’s not a challenge. He will get in his armchair, light a cigar up, he’ll play for Bayern in third gear and he’ll coast for two years and ruin the best two years of his life as a footballer.”
He added: “At the end of his career, if he said to you ‘come and look at my trophy cabinet’, the German league winners medal will be right at the back.”
🤷🏽♂️ “Why would Mane want to leave Liverpool when he’s playing the best football of his life?”— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) June 18, 2022
😳 “He’ll ruin the best 2 years of his life as a footballer!”
👀 “Look at Coutinho & Wijnaldum!”
Dean Saunders can’t understand why Sadio Mane wants to leave #LFC for Bayern Munich! 🤔 pic.twitter.com/R1J7xyE4YI
Saunders remains baffled that Mane wants to leave a Liverpool side at the top of their game.
He said: “He’s 30, I think of all his time at the club, the last six months he’s played the best football, he’s been unstoppable at times.”
“He went up the middle when Diaz signed and he started getting better and better at finding the pockets and linking the play up.”
“I can’t get my head round why you’d want to leave Liverpool right now, when you’re playing the best football of your life in the best combination front-three he’ll ever play in, to go and play for Bayern Munich.”
Mane was one of the first major signings under Jurgen Klopp, having arrived from Southampton in 2016. He then went on to make a total of 269 appearances for the club, scoring 120 times.