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Sadio Mane admits he was ‘hooked’ by Bayern Munich’s interest in signing him

‘I was hooked when I first heard about Bayern’s interest’: Sadio Mane reveals he didn’t have much time to think about leaving Liverpool for a move to Munich as he prepares for his £35.1 reveal million

  • Sadio Mane admits his excitement at the prospect of a move to Bayern Munich
  • The Senegal striker also claims he saw himself playing there ‘immediately’
  • Mane has been the subject of high-profile discussions for a £35.1m deal
  • Mane appears to be closing a £250,000-a-week deal after completing his medical treatment

Sadio Mane has revealed that he was instantly hooked on Bayern Munich’s interest in signing him this summer as the attacker looks set to complete a £35.1million move.

The Senegalese forward’s move to the Bundesliga giants has become one of the biggest transfer saga of the summer, and the player has been spotted in Bayern’s kit after already undergoing a medical.

Mane has been with Liverpool since 2016, having joined Premier League rivals Southampton for £37 million, speaking with Bayern Munich prior to signing a £250,000 per week deal.

Sadio Mane has completed a medical check before signing a £250,000-a-week contract with Bayern

Sadio Mane has completed a medical check before signing a £250,000-a-week contract with Bayern

in his first interview with Bayernhe revealed: “When my agent first told me about Bayern’s interest, I was immediately excited.

“I saw myself there right away… It’s one of the biggest clubs in the world and the team is always fighting for every title.

“So for me it was a really good idea and the right decision to come here.

The Senegal star will join Julian Nagelsmann for £35.1million from Liverpool

The Senegal star will join Julian Nagelsmann for £35.1million from Liverpool

“My agent told me there were questions from other clubs. That is part of the company.

“But I immediately got the feeling when Bayern presented me with their plan. I was more into Bayern’s plan than anyone else.”

Liverpool were initially reluctant to sell Mane, who has been instrumental in Liverpool’s transformation under Jurgen Klopp.

However, in completing an £85m deal for Uruguay striker Darwin Nunez, the Reds appear to have landed a ready-made replacement.

But with a year left on his current contract – a similar position Liverpool find themselves in with talisman striker Mohamed Salah – they probably understood that this would be their last chance to get significant compensation for the player.

After Liverpool had already turned down two offers, including what were perceived as unrealistic bonuses, Liverpool finally agreed to pay £27.4million with an additional £5.1million based on appearances and £2.6million based on appearances. individual and team performance.

Mane confirmed his desire to leave Jürgen Klopp's side after losing the Champions League final

Mane confirmed his desire to leave Jürgen Klopp’s side after losing the Champions League final

After signing Diogo Jota two seasons ago, Roberto Firmino has increasingly found himself on the sidelines, and Mane must have been desperate not to suffer the same fate.

And with the prospect of mainstream football on a side that rarely takes on a Bundesliga title challenge, the lure of almost certain success seems to have drawn another European star to Bavaria.

Before joining his new side, Mane added: “I’m not a player who focuses on that sort of thing. I’m here for FC Bayern. And I will do everything I can to win titles with my teammates!

‘I’m not a player who focuses on things like’ [potentially lining up with Robert Lewandowski]† I’m here for FC Bayern. And I will do everything I can to win titles with my teammates.”

In a six-year spell with Liverpool, the Senegalese international scored 120 goals in 269 appearances in all competitions and won six trophies, including the Champions League and Premier League.

The 30-year-old is the first of Jürgen Klopp's original front three to leave the club

The 30-year-old is the first of Jürgen Klopp’s original front three to leave the club

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