Sadio Mane hasn’t told Liverpool he wants to leave for Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich for a move.
Liverpool expect contact with the German club but want more than the €30m (£35m) quoted to consider a deal for the Senegalese international, who has 12 months left on his current contract.
Bayern are expected to offer Mane a contract until the summer of 2025. Heaven Germany reported. They expect an initial offer of 30 million euros plus bonus payments between 5 and 10 million euros.
The club’s sporting director Hasan Salihamdzic will lead the negotiations while CEO Oliver Kahn and his predecessor Karl-Heinz Rumenigge watched Mane in Saturday night’s Champions League final.
Mane hinted on Wednesday he would announce a “special” decision on his long-term plans after the Paris spectacle, but the striker remained silent to the media after the 1-0 defeat at the Stade de France.
Manager Jürgen Klopp was asked about the Bayern rumors at his pre-match press conference in Paris and replied non-bindingly.
“Wherever Sadio plays next year, he’s going to be a great player,” said the Reds manager.
On Friday, Sky Germany also reported that Bayern Munich are confident of signing Mane for less than €50m (£42.5m) this summer.
Salihamidzic has made Mane top priority on his transfer list and met with his representatives this month to formalize the interest.
Paris Saint-Germain have also been linked with Mane but Kylian Mbappe’s contract extension and Leonardo’s possible departure as sporting director mean the club is unlikely to have the financial leeway to complete a deal.
Mane isn’t the only contract issue Liverpool will have to resolve this summer, as fellow strikers Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino – who make up the rest of his famous front three – also enter their final 12 months.
However, ahead of the Champions League final, Salah confirmed he will be at Liverpool next season.
The Premier League Golden Boot co-winner has repeatedly said publicly that he would like to stay at Anfield beyond his current contract.
Salah said in a press conference: “In my eyes, I’m not focused on the contract. I don’t want to be selfish at all. I said two months ago that it’s about the team. It’s an important week for us. . I want to Don’t talk about the contract now, I’ll definitely be staying next season, that’s clear.”
Champions League final: Real makes an incredible run | Liverpool rejected by Courtois | Mayhem before the game
On the Essential Football podcast, we react to Real Madrid’s Champions League final win over Liverpool thanks to a second-half goal from Vinicius Jr. But that’s only part of the story on a dramatic night. Peter Smith will be joined by Sky Sports’ Nick Wright and Adam Bate from the Stade de France to analyze the big talking points.
The panel reflects on the twists and turns of the pitch, selects the standout players and fine margins that made it to the Spanish side and also discusses the off-field issues that Liverpool supporters have struggled to get into and out of the stadium to get into the game 37 minutes late.
We also analyze what this result means for the assessment of Liverpool’s season as a whole – and how they are recovering from this disappointment in 2022/23.
Can Liverpool’s season be considered a success?
“In the end, everything is measured by the color of the medal you get after the game.” That was Jurgen Klopp’s perspective on Liverpool’s season when asked on Friday. It has seldom felt so cruel as in Paris the next evening.
This was a season that potentially produced four trophies – a historic quadruple that will echo through the ages. With less than two hours of epic campaign left, it looked short probably. Instead, Liverpool have to console themselves with two national trophies.
The problem for Liverpool in the Premier League is that Manchester City have taken relentlessness to a new level. The difficulty at the Stade de France was that the mentality monsters met their opponent – a Real Madrid with reasons of their own.
The question being asked is what else could Liverpool have done? Was that a failure of Klopp’s team?
Read more from Sky Sports’ Adam Bate HERE