Entering the final year of his contract with the Merseysiders, the 30-year-old has been reluctant to commit to new terms, instead playing coy about his future at Anfield.
While Mohamed Salah – whose contract also expires in 2023 – was adamant he would still be at the club next season, his team-mate was rather vague.
‘This question [on my future] I’ll answer after the Champions League,” he said this week ahead of Saturday’s final against Real Madrid in Paris. “Whether I stay or not, I will answer after the Champions League.”
In an ideal world, the Senegalese striker is aiming to win a second Champions League with Liverpool and bid the club a stylish farewell before joining Bayern.
From today’s perspective, according to Bild, Mane is “very much” inclined to move to the Bundesliga and is looking for a new challenge after six years at Anfield Road.
Liverpool do not expect Mane to extend his contract beyond 2023 and it is now up to Jurgen Klopp and the club hierarchy to decide whether they want to keep a player who is desperate to leave – and will leave on a free transfer next summer – or cash in now .
With just one year left on his contract, Bayern are only willing to pay around €30m for Mane – a price they think is fair given the player’s age and contract status and is comparable to what Liverpool paid Thiago at the time he left the Allianz Arena under similar circumstances.
Mane had another strong season at the Reds’ gates, scoring 16 times in the Premier League and scoring a further five goals in the Champions League en route to the final.
However, Liverpool already have a ready-made replacement for the former Southampton man in the form of Luis Diaz, who has been a revelation since joining from Porto in January – while he has already ousted Mane on the left wing while the latter moved to a central role.
Mane’s potential arrival at Bayern could then see the German champions agree to let Robert Lewandowski leave the club, with the Polish hotshot out of contract next summer and pushing for a move to Barcelona.
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