Liverpool looked to be struggling against Aston Villa on Tuesday before a telling intervention from ‘man in form’ Sadio Mané. The Senegalese star has been rejuvenated since the signing of Luis Díaz, putting in a man-of-the-match display in the FA Cup semi-final, along with scoring key goals both domestically and in Europe.
Mané’s contract is up at the same time as the much more well-publicised Mo Salah’s. Rumours have circulated this week that Bayern Munich may be interested in signing Sadio if his contract negotiations do not go to plan.
On the latest episode of our Journo Insight Show, we asked Neil if he could see Mané leaving for Germany in the near future.
“Liverpool have a really good relationship with the agent Bjorn Bezemer. They don’t see him as a ‘game player’. He was described to me as a regular and welcome presence at the training ground. They don’t view it as him trying to grease the wheels.
It looks to me like he’s been meeting with Bayern Munich and people have put two and two together and got somewhere between four and five. My colleagues from Goal Germany are adamant that Bayern Munich have said Mané is not on their list. It would be a bit unusual for Bayern, I would say. Their general moves in recent years have been for younger players – Sané, Koman, Gnabry, people like that. It would feel like a bit of a shift.”
Hopefully this is a bit of a non-story. Jamie Carragher told Sky Sports, ‘I will not let him go to Bayern Munich, he’d have me to deal with!’ Sadio should, at the very least, not risk pissing off a man from Bootle.
Mané’s agent has several clients that play for Bayern Munich, including Serge Gnabry, so he may well simply have been speaking to the German giants about those matters. Sadio has proved his worth to Liverpool in recent months. His running and physical side to the game remains tireless, whilst his goalscoring form has picked back up since his move to the middle of the Reds’ front three. Having just turned 30, Sadio should have a few more years at the top left in him