Bayern Munich have completed the signing of Sadio Mane from Liverpool in a deal worth up to £35m.
The 30-year-old has signed a contract with the German champions until 2025.
Bayern will pay Liverpool an initial £27.5m with a further £5m based on appearances, and will pay a further £2.5m based on individual and team achievements.
The deal dwarfs what Liverpool paid for Mane (£31m plus an additional £2.5m) and Southampton receive no additional money.
Mane had just one year left on his contract at Anfield and is leaving following the club’s record signing of Uruguayan striker Darwin Núñez from Benfica.
He leaves Merseyside having made 269 appearances in all competitions since joining from Southampton in 2016, during which he scored 120 goals and recorded 48 assists.
In his six years at Anfield, he won the Premier League, the Champions League, the FIFA Club World Cup, the UEFA Super Cup, the FA Cup and the Carabao Cup.
Mane: This is the right time for this challenge.
Sadio Mane has revealed that he had “no doubts” about leaving Liverpool to join Bayern, having followed the club during his time at Austria’s Red Bull Salzburg.
He said: “I am very happy to finally be with FC Bayern in Munich. We had a lot of talks and I felt the great interest of this great club from the beginning.
“So I had no doubts from the beginning: this is the right time for this challenge. I want to achieve a lot with this club, also internationally.”
“During my time in Salzburg, I followed a lot of FC Bayern matches. I really like this club!”
In another farewell interview with Liverpool, Mane explained that it was important for him to leave the club on good terms, saying: “I sent a long message to say goodbye to everyone, which is normal. They were sad, like me, but it’s part of life, we just have to accept it.
“That was the plan from the beginning: to leave Liverpool in a very good way. He was fantastic at the club, in the dressing room.
“I’m friendly with everyone, the coaching staff and even the kitchen staff, the ladies in the kitchen! So for me to do well is very, very important, and [for] fans too.”
Klopp: Mane, a modern Liverpool icon
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp urged Liverpool fans to “respect” Mane’s move to Germany, calling the striker one of the club’s “greatest players of all time”.
The 55-year-old man said liverpoolfc.com: “It’s a great moment. There’s no point in anyone trying to pretend otherwise.
“One of Liverpool’s greatest players of all time is leaving and we must recognize how important this is.
“He leaves with our thanks and our love. He leaves with his status among the greats guaranteed. And, yes, he is leaving at a time when he is one of the best players in world football.
“But we must not stop at what we now lose, but celebrate what we were privileged to have.
“The goals he scored, the trophies he won – a legend, no doubt, but also an icon of modern Liverpool.
“I fully respect his decision and I’m sure our fans do too. If you love LFC, you must love Sadio, non-negotiable. It is possible to do this while accepting that our loss is Bayern’s gain.”
“We wish him nothing but success in every game he plays, unless of course it’s against us. His star will continue to rise, I have no doubt.”
Analysis: Bayern get their main Mane
Melissa Reddy, Senior Reporter for Sky Sports News:
“Bayern Munich got their main Mane. He quickly became their priority target once they realized he was rejecting Liverpool’s attempts to offer him a new contract and actually wanted a new challenge.
“They made a massive move for him with the sporting director and manager in a four-hour meeting with Mane after hearing from Julian Nagelsmann that he was determined to get the player.
“They explained to him how he was going to fit in tactically and technically, how they would put together a squad with him as the axis. Apart from all the football elements, they showed him what it means to represent Bayern Munich, the relationship with the fans and the experience of the parades through the city, giving him an idea of the emotional connection that the players have with the fans.
“Liverpool are now in this period of evolution with Luis Diaz, Diogo Jota and Darwin Nunez, but Mane’s three forwards, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah really set Liverpool up for the success they have had. The players they have brought in now have a template to work with and can go in and settle down because of the functionality and structure that the forward three have put in place.”
‘Mane’s commitment cannot be faulted’
Former Liverpool midfielder John Barnes told Sky Sports News:
“This is modern football – players come and go. The only thing clubs can demand of their players is that they commit 100% while they are on their books and that is what Sadio Mane did.”
“The same thing happened with Gini Wijnaldum last summer. It’s sad to see him go, but Mane decided he needed a new challenge. Financially, it’s also a better move for him, but you can’t complain about what he’s done while he was there.” here he was absolutely fantastic.
“It will be disappointing to see him go, as the club did their best to keep him, but they couldn’t ransom him for what he wanted.
“Liverpool They’ve already brought in Diogo Jota and Luis Diaz, so what should change bringing in Darwin Nunez is that it will give Liverpool more of a threat inside the penalty area.
“We are a very good team on the counterattack with space behind, but from time to time when teams defend in depth and in numbers, we have not had that great presence in the area that Núñez is going to give us.
“It will give us a really orthodox presence to get to the end of the matchups on top of what we already have. The players need time to adapt, but most of Jurgen Klopp’s signings have hit the ground running.”
What positions is Liverpool aiming for?
Sky Sports News reporter Vinny O’Connor:
Liverpool will seek to strengthen their lead this season. The fact that they even spoke to Kylian Mbappe shows how determined they are to add more quality upstairs.
They have already secured the signing of Darwin Nunez, but it makes sense now that Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino enter the final year of their contracts. The departure of Mane, who also had a year left on his contract, and Divock Origi’s decision to leave, makes reinforcements in that area a priority.
With Fabio Carvalho officially starting his career at Liverpool on July 1, any further midfield turnover could hinge on the futures of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Takumi Minamino. Oxlade-Chamberlain made 29 appearances in a 63-game season and has not played since the FA Cup win over Forest in March, while Minamino only made 24 appearances and both could seek more regular first-team opportunities. Oxlade-Chamberlain is another player who only has one year left on his contract.
Strengthening the back line doesn’t seem to be a priority, as Ibrahima Konate offers another option to Joel Matip and Virgil van Dijk, while Joe Gomez can cover right back and centre-back.