The suspense, admittedly not too unbearable, ended last Friday. At 30, and one year from the end of his contract at Liverpool, Sadio Mané ended a long period of his life, deciding to leave England to join Germany. Recruited in 2016 by Liverpool at FC Southampton, the reigning African champion will discover his fifth championship, after Senegal, France, Austria and England.
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The Casamançais had announced his desire to leave before the Champions League final, lost (0-1) on May 28 against Real Madrid. Bayern Munich was the contender, the best placed to welcome the striker, and unsurprisingly, it is in Bavaria that the champion will continue his career. Admittedly, several clubs were interested in the one who is considered one of the best attackers in the world: Paris-SG, AC Milan, the Spaniards of Real Madrid and FC Barcelona, while the supporters of Olympique de Marseille began to dream of his arrival after the player declared OM his favorite team. But the most rational fans quickly understood that the operation was not possible, for sporting and financial reasons.
A monthly salary of 1.15 million euros
Sports first, because the Senegalese was not going to leave Liverpool, a club, which is part of the European top 10 for a destination where he would not have had the same chances of expanding an already well-stocked list. Financial then, because OM did not have the means to pay the transfer fee, nor to offer Mané a salary in accordance with his standing. And since there was no question for him of signing with another English club, it was towards Bayern Munich, in accordance with forecasts, that the player trained at Génération Foot turned.
The German club has paid 32 million euros, to which will be added 6 million bonuses linked to the striker’s performance. He also offered him a princely salary, since Mané will receive 1.15 million euros per month (13.8 million euros net per year, or 20 million gross), excluding bonuses, when he earned 466,000 monthly euros at the Reds, half of what the Egyptian Mohamed Salah receives.
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A majority of Senegalese wanted their favorite player to leave Liverpool, where they felt he was not being treated fairly. Mané was indeed only the tenth salary of the club. With the Reds, he won the Premier League (2020), the League Cup and Cup (2022), the Champions League (2019), the Club World Cup (2019) and the Super Cup. ‘. At Bayern Munich, whose financial power is greater than that of Liverpool (765 million euros budget in 2021-2022 against 559 million euros for that of the Reds), Mané can hope to win many other titles.
“A great club for another great club”
His choice to join Germany, whose championship is less exposed than the English Premier League, was criticized by former Liverpool players, including Welshman Dean Saunders. “It’s a normal reflex. There is a bit of chauvinism, because the English have a very high opinion of their football and their league. People are disappointed, even upset, that Mané is leaving, but they forget that Liverpool did not offer him a contract extension, that he was not one of the highest paid players when he is one of the more efficient and regular for years. And going from Liverpool to Bayern is not a regression, ”said an agent on condition of anonymity.
This is also the opinion of Ferdinand Coly, the former Senegalese international. “He will leave a big club for another big club. At Bayern, he will win titles, evolve in a high-level championship, in full stadiums, and within a team that plays attacking football, which is therefore ideal for him. Mané still wants to win trophies, to evolve in one of the best clubs in the world. “It will be presented on Tuesday at the Allianz Arena, the stadium where the reigning German champion is playing.