The Senegal international won’t be extending his contract at Anfield, which is due to expire next summer.
Sadio Mane is set to inform Liverpool of his desire to leave the club this summer, GOAL can confirm, with Bayern Munich leading the race to sign the Senegal star.
The 30-year-old is understood to be ready for a new challenge having spent the last six years on Merseyside, and had hinted before the Champions League final that an announcement on his future was imminent.
Mane did not, as promised, speak to the media after Liverpool’s 1-0 defeat to Real Madrid in Paris on Saturday night, but sources have told GOAL that it is increasingly likely he will leave Anfield, and that Bayern are the prime candidates to sign him.
What is the situation with Mane and Liverpool?
Mane, as with Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino, is about to enter the final year of his contract with Liverpool, and negotiations over a new deal were shelved some time ago.
The Reds have a good relationship with the player’s representative, Bjorn Bezemer, and had planned to hold talks at the end of the season over Mane’s future.
However, growing reports of Bayern’s interest – and an apparent meeting between Bezemer and Hasan Salihamidzic, the German club’s sporting director, have not gone down well at Anfield.
Club sources are understood to be disappointed at the timing of such reports, coming as Liverpool were pursuing glory on multiple fronts. Mane’s form has been strong, but the speculation was viewed as an unwelcome distraction, with Jurgen Klopp issuing a thinly-veiled criticism of Bayern at his pre-Champions League final press conference.
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