Liverpool have reportedly set a minimum price of £42.5million for Sadio Mane, with Bayern Munich now joined by two other clubs in the race for the Senegal international.
After initial reports suggested Mane would be available for just £25.5million this summer, The Star is reports that Liverpool are demanding much more than that for the runaway star.
Rumors emerged in the days leading up to the Champions League final that the winger was looking for a new challenge. Bayern were reportedly the favorites for his signature and that due to his contract situation at Anfield, he would be available at a reduced price.
Mane has one more year at Liverpool, and that sparked those rumors that he is in the market for such a reduced figure. However, due to the growing demand for the player, Jurgen Klopp is now looking for over £40m.
The other two clubs that would be in the mix for Mane are Ateltico Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain, who both have the financial resources to rival Bayern.
Wherever he ends up, it seems clear that Mane’s future is far away on Merseyside, and he made those intentions clear to everyone after the Champions League final in Paris.
Klopp said ahead of the final that he ‘didn’t care’ about Bayern links but said the 30-year-old would be a ‘great player’ wherever he ends up next season. However, he struggled to make a substantial impact in this game as Liverpool missed out on the chance to claim their 7th title in the competition, losing 1-0 to Real Madrid.
Nonetheless, Mane enjoyed a very successful and fruitful spell at Anfield, scoring 120 times in 269 appearances for the club.
The former Southampton man also won a number of accolades during his time at Liverpool, including the Premier League, Champions League, both domestic cups and the Premier League Golden Boot.
The Kopp will be desperate to see him stay in the North West, but that seems unlikely at the moment.