Liverpool have reportedly rejected Bayern Munich’s opening offer for Sadio Mane, which falls £15million short of their valuation of the player. The Bundesliga champions are officially at the table for the Senegal international and have chanced their arm with a bid worth up to £25m.
Mane is out of contract at Anfield in 2023 and has already communicated that he would like to seek a new challenge ahead of the 2022/23 season.
According to The Times, Liverpool have now rejected Bayern Munich’s proposal – made up of £21m up front and £4m in add-ons.
The Reds are seeking closer to £40m in order to agree to a sale meaning Bayern will have to return with a second bid if they are to get a deal over the line.
They are in a strong position to land Mane though given that the winger is keen to move to the Allianz Arena after six years on Merseyside.
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“Isn’t it between 60 to 70 per cent of Senegalese want me to leave Liverpool? I will do what they want. We will see soon. Don’t be in a hurry because we will see this together.”
Mane netted a hat-trick for his country in Senegal’s 3-1 win over Benin on Saturday.
Speaking after the game, he acknowledged that his previous comments had landed him in hot water back on Merseyside.
“I spoke yesterday while joking with a bit of humour and it was everywhere,” he said. “I think we’ll stop there.
“Liverpool is a club I respect a lot. The fans adopted me since day one. Regarding the future, we’ll see.”
Jurgen Klopp wants to sign a replacement for Mane before sanctioning the player’s exit.
The Reds have been credited with interest in the likes of Darwin Nunez, Raphinha and Jarrod Bowen in recent transfer windows.
A new forward is now thought to be at the top of their agenda ahead of the summer transfer window.