Liverpool winger Sadio Mane wants to leave the club this summer with the news coming in the wake of their Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid on Saturday. If he does depart, it could hinder Liverpool’s top-flight domination and hand a boost to the likes of Chelsea and Arsenal.
Bayern Munich are reportedly leading the race to sign the 30-year-old this summer but the Reds want upwards of £30 million despite Mane’s contract running out in just over a year’s time. They would also want to have a replacement lined up and ready to go as soon as he departs.
Jurgen Klopp was asked about reports linking his star with a move to Germany. But Klopp insisted that he had no concerns over the reports despite them coming on the eve of their third cup final of the season.
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“Sadio is in the shape of his life. It’s a joy to watch him at the moment,” he told his pre-match press conference. “Football asks a lot of him this year. I couldn’t care less about the Bayern rumours. He knows how important it is. No concerns. It’s not the first time in my career Bayern have been talking about my players before a final.”
This season saw Liverpool finish well clear of all London clubs in the Premier League. Chelsea came closest, finishing just a place behind them in third but with an 18 point gap between them. Mane scored 16 top-flight goals last term and it is clear his departure would be a big loss to the club.
He has an impressive record against both Chelsea and Arsenal as well. In 21 appearances against the Blues he has scored eight goals and provided two assists while the Gunners have been on the wrong end of eight goals and five assists in 18 games.