‘One of Liverpool’s greatest’: Mané hailed by Klopp after Bayern move | Transfer window

Sadio Mané has been described by Jürgen Klopp as “one of Liverpool’s greatest players” after his transfer to Bayern Munich was confirmed. The striker, who said he had no doubts he was making the right choice, joined for a guaranteed fee of £27.5m and the fee could rise to £35.1m with additional modules.

“It’s a great moment – there’s no point in anyone trying to pretend otherwise,” Klopp said. “One of Liverpool’s greatest players is leaving and we have to recognize how important that is.”

Mané won a Champions League, Premier League, FA Cup, Carabao Cup, Super Cup and Club World Cup during his six seasons at Anfield and Darwin Núñez was bought from Benfica as part of a a deal worth up to £85m to help replace him.

“He leaves with our gratitude and our love,” said the Liverpool manager. “He leaves with his status among the greats guaranteed. And yes, he leaves at a time when he is one of the best players in world football. But we should not dwell on what we are losing now, but rather celebrate what we have been privileged to have. The goals he scored, the trophies he won; a legend, of course, but also a modern-day Liverpool icon.

Mané, who had a year left on his contract at Liverpool, told his new club’s website: “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 start so there was no doubt in my mind from the start. This is the right time for this challenge. I want to achieve a lot with this club, also at the international.

The Senegal striker arrives at Bayern with top scorer Robert Lewandowski determined to leave for Barcelona and attracting interest from other clubs including Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain. Bayern board member for sport Hasan Salihamidzic reiterated on Wednesday that the Pole has a contract until 2023 and said he is due for pre-season training on July 12.

Salihamidzic explained why Bayern moved for Mané. “A great international star is coming to FC Bayern, which has left its mark on world football,” he said. “We are proud to have brought him to Munich. Sadio made it clear from the first minute of our talks that he now wants to play for FC Bayern. Everyone knows his exceptional technical qualities as well as his incredible mentality.

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Salihamidzic said the transfer ‘shows he and our club have big goals’. Bayern won a 10th consecutive Bundesliga title in April but failed for a second straight season to progress past the Champions League quarter-finals.

Mané, who has a contract until 2025, told the Liverpool website: “Obviously it’s strange – really, really strange – not to be a Liverpool player anymore. But of course I spent a good time, amazing time. We gained a lot. My life is always [about a] challenge and when he came I told the club I wanted to leave.

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