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OFFICIAL: Mane completes Bayern Munich move

Sadio Mane has completed a £35m move from Liverpool to Bayern Munich on a three-year contract.

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The Reds will receive 32m euros (£27.4m) with an additional 6m euros based on appearances, plus 3m euros for individual and team achievements.

Liverpool turned down two bids from Bayern before agreeing a fee for the Senegal forward, who was under contract until next summer.

“This is the right time for this challenge,” said the 30-year-old.

“I felt the great interest of this big club from the start so there was no doubt in my mind.”

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Mane has signed three-year contract at Bayern, tying him to the Bundesliga champions until the summer of 2025.

Reports claim he is set to earn a salary of around €15m-a-year, making him one of the highest earners at the Allianz Arena.

Speaking on the move to Bundesliga, Mane told his new club’s website: “I’m very happy to finally be with FC Bayern in Munich. We had a lot of talks and I felt the great interest of this big club from the start. So there was no doubt in my mind right from the start: 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 many FC Bayern games – I like this club very much!”

“With his outstanding performances and his great successes at the highest international level over many years, there are very few players like him in the world,” added Bayern’s chief executive Oliver Kahn.

“We’re sure that Sadio Mane will delight our fans in the coming years with his spectacular style of play. He’s ambitious and eager to win more titles. This package is very strong. With players like him at FC Bayern, all the biggest goals are possible.”

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Mane joined Liverpool for £34m from Southampton in June 2016, and scored 120 goals in 269 games, finishing last season with 23 goals in all competitions.

Mane helped Liverpool win the Champions League and the Premier League, and in February scored the winning penalty as Senegal won the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time.

He leaves as an Anfield legend, for sure. He was the first of Jurgen Klopp’s true great signings on Merseyside, the catalyst for the Reds’ rise from also-rans to real, genuine contenders.

The perfect blend of technique, physicality and brains, he has thrived in three different positions under Klopp: player of the year on the right, European and Premier League champion on the left and, in 2022, as a free-scoring, roaming No 9.

Bayern are getting a gem, and at a knock-down price too. Liverpool surely could have asked for more, but maybe felt they owed it to Mane to respect his wishes

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He wanted to leave on his terms. He didn’t get the Champions League win which would have made it a perfect ending, but he departs as a true great. He will always be adored at Anfield, and rightly so.

In a farewell interview for the Liverpool website, Mane said: “It is really strange to no longer be a Liverpool player but I had an unbelievable time. I am going to be Liverpool’s number one fan forever.”

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