After six incredible years, today Liverpool said goodbye to Sadio Mane, who has now completed his transfer to Bayern Munich – Sport Media News

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We all knew it was coming, but that didn’t make it any easier.

Mane is now officially a Bayern Munich player after both clubs confirmed the deal and the Senegal star was unveiled at the Allianz Arena.

The deal was announced at 12.15pm, with Liverpool releasing a farewell interview conducted at Mane’s house in Mallorca, where he was pictured earlier this week.

The transfer also brings an end to Liverpool’s iconic forward line of Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino, which, after 338 goals in five seasons, must surely go down as one of the best attacks in football history.

Salah, Virgil van Dijk, Jordan Henderson and Kostas Tsimikas are among those to have already posted goodbye messages to Mane on social media.

Mane in a Bayern Munich shirt really is going to take some getting used to, but the real question is who will take up his iconic No. 10 at Liverpool?

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The ECHO will provide breaking stories, reaction and comment to all the big talking points from Anfield as well as keeping tabs on the transfer market around the world.

We’ll be providing you with the latest on Sadio Mane’s move to Bayern Munich, plus there are updates on Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips and Real Madrid forward Marco Asensio.

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Liverpool’s links with Nicolo Barella have attracted a lot of attention – and now Real Madrid have said to have entered the race.

Earlier this week Calciomercato claimed that Barella is admired by Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp. And that the Reds will make a firm approach to sign the Inter Milan midfielder.

The report went on to say that Klopp is “bewitched” by the 25-year-old, who is valued at around £77million. Additionally, it was claimed that Liverpool would be willing to include Naby Keita as part of a swap deal for Barella.

However, a fresh report from Calciomercato has said that Madrid are now interested in signing the Italy international.

Sadio Mane has sent a departing message to former Liverpool team-mate Mohamed Salah after he completed his £35m transfer to Bayern Munich.

Mane’s move to the German champions was announced on Wednesday. The Reds will receive a fixed fee of €32m (£27.4m) with a further €9m (£7.7m) in add-ons for the forward.

And soon after the deal was announced as done, Salah sent an emotional message to his strike-partner.

Former Liverpool sporting director Michael Edwards is reportedly of interest to arch rivals Manchester United – as well as Chelsea.

Edwards will leave his post at Anfield this summer after more than a decade at the club. He has been replaced by Julian Ward, who has already worked wonders in the transfer market with some of the deals he has completed including Darwin Nunez.

A report earlier on Wednesday suggested Edwards had rejected an approach from Chelsea. And, now according to the Mail Online, that as well as Chelsea, United are interested in his services.

Kostas Tsimikas has stunned Liverpool fans with his new hairstyle.

Tsimikas is currently on holiday after a busy season helping Liverpool win two major trophies. The Reds left-back scored the winning penalty in the shoot-out victory over Chelsea in the FA Cup final last month.

But when he returns to action he could have a different look. On his Instagram stories, Tsimikas showed off his new haircut. Then on a separate post, he published a photo of himself sitting by a pool while on holiday.

Former Liverpool star Danny Murphy has provided potential reasons why Sadio Mane would have wanted to leave the club.

Mane has completed a move to Bayern Munich in a deal worth up to £35miilion. Liverpool will receive a fixed fee of €32m (£27.4m) with a further €9m (£7.7m) in add-ons.

Murphy has given his opinion on why he thinks Mane may have wanted to leave Anfield. The former Liverpool midfielder went on to say how he thinks Reds fans will remember the 30-year-old.

Liverpool’s squad were left “sad” by Sadio Mane’s decision to leave the club and sign for Bayern Munich, the forward has said.

The 30-year-old, who had just 12 months left on his contract at Anfield, has signed a three-year deal with the Bundesliga champions. He departs after six years in which he helped the club win the Premier League, Champions League, FIFA Club World Cup, FA Cup, Carabao Cup and UEFA Super Cup.

After sealing his transfer, the Senegal international has spoken about how the Liverpool squad reacted to the move, and explained why he decided to leave the Anfield outfit. It comes as fellow forward Takumi Minamino has also left the club this week, despite manager Jurgen Klopp always rating the former Red Bull Salzburg star.

The Senegal international has completed his £35.1million move to Bayern Munich on Wednesday, saying he is relishing his “new challenge”. He also opened up on how he said his goodbyes to his Liverpool teammates with the players currently away enjoying the summer break.

Mane says he “sent a long text to say goodbye to everybody,” adding that the replies show the Liverpool suad have been left “sad” by his departure.

Sadio Mane says he will “miss” the Liverpool fans after swapping Anfield for Bayern Munich this summer.

The forward has sealed his Anfield exit after it became clear the Reds would not meet his demands and with just a year left on his contract. But Mane now admits it is “really strange” to no longer be a Liverpool player.

And opening up on his blockbuster move, Mane has explained his decision to leave the Reds and how much it would have meant to have won the Premier League and Champions League titles in his final weeks with the club.

The Japan international joined the Reds for £8million from Austrian outfit Red Bull Salzburg back in January 2020 and has had a mixed time at Anfield. After struggling to break into the first-team, Minamino was sent out on loan to Southampton just 12 months after his arrival.

At that point Reds boss Jurgen Klopp said he saw “a lot of potential” in the forward, describing him as a “long-term project”. Earlier this year he also described Minamino as an “outstanding talent” but after failing to find a place for him in his starting line-up, Klopp has agreed to let the striker leave for more first-team football.

Sadio Mane’s move to Bayern Munich has left Liverpool with a fresh headache around the future of Mohamed Salah.

The Egyptian attacker has entered the final year of his contract at Anfield, much like Mane had before his departure on Wednesday. The Reds have held talks with Salah for much of the past year as they look to tie the star down to a new long-term deal.

But so far, no agreement has been reached over fresh terms, with Liverpool thought to be unwilling to meet Salah’s salary demands. It was a similar story with Mane who, rather than sign a new deal, decided to leave Liverpool to join Bayern after being offered a mega-money contract.

In leaving Merseyside, Mane has shown that even in the financially troubled times, players can still receive contracts they believe they deserve. That is something that Salah could potentially look towards as his negotiations continue.

It is a situation that has been frequently highlighted by pundits as concern mounts that the Reds could be dealt a double blow. Former Aston Villa star Gabby Agbonlahor has previously insisted Liverpool must at least get close to Salah’s demands to prevent him leaving.

“They’re going to want their value, Salah and Mane, and if Liverpool aren’t willing to give them that. They’re stubborn enough players, if Kevin de Bruyne is getting it, Erling Haaland’s getting it, Jadon Sancho’s getting it, then you’ve got to pay the same as those players,” he told talkSPORT in May.

“If you don’t, they’ll move on and that’s what Mane’s probably thinking. If Bayern Munich can pay him what he deserves and give him the length of contract that he wants, then he’ll go. When you’re looking at the Mbappe deal, De Bruyne sorting his own contract, you’re looking at what Haaland is getting and these agents will know the levels of the deals.

“Salah will be thinking ‘I’m getting top goalscorer season after season, you are giving me what I want or I’m going’. Mane as well. They love Liverpool, they’ve been there for a number of years but if you don’t give them what they’re worth, why should they stay?”

Agbonlahor’s concerns should only serve to raise the Reds’ alert level in the wake of Mane’s departure. The Senegal international has been handed a salary in the region of £250,000 per week by the Bundesliga champions.

If Salah had even the slightest bit of doubt that he would not be able to earn a big money deal if he left Liverpool then Mane’s new contract has blown that out of the water. The Egyptian can only have seen his stance strengthened by Mane’s exit.

And if Liverpool continue to opt against handing him the terms that he is demanding, then he has the perfect warning to send to the club’s chiefs. It is a warning that they will have to heed if they are to avoid seeing Salah join Mane in leaving Anfield this summer.

It’s good to get on with the people you work with.

Whether it’s in an office, on a building site or in a shop, strong relationships inside and outside of the job can go a long way. But in football, as in other sports, you don’t necessarily need to be friends in order to be successful teammates.

Take Manchester United duo Teddy Sheringham and Andy Cole for example – two of England’s finest strikers of the late 1990s and early 2000s who played alongside each other week in, week out at Old Trafford. They didn’t like each other. They also won the treble.

Head to Merseyside in 2019 and another feud was brewing. Following two years of spectacular harmony, whispers began to suggest that Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane weren’t getting along all that well, despite being members of Liverpool’s famous front three.

Flanking Roberto Firmino, the pair helped fire the Reds to the top of world football by destroying defences at ease hand in hand. However, a trip to Burnley that August – as Liverpool began their emphatic Premier League title charge – saw a small but intriguing eruption in Klopp’s forward line.

Mane reacted angrily when Salah refused to pass the ball to him with the score at 3-0. From a tougher position, Salah opted to shoot instead and missed. But it was Mane who substituted off shortly after, as Senegal icon vented his anger towards his boss and captain Jordan Henderson, furious at his Egyptian teammate’s decision. A storm in a teacup perhaps, but it made headlines.

Pundits like Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville had their say, with the plot from previous term often being brought up as Salah and Mane had finished on the same amount of goals (22) and shared the Premier League Golden Boot with Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

“The more issues fester, the more you are parking the problem for a later date,” Carragher wrote in the Telegraph. “The disagreement earlier this season between Liverpool strikers Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah comes into the same category.

“There is no way Mane lost his head solely because he did not receive a few passes against Burnley. His frustration will have been gathering for months, ensuring it only needed a trigger to bring it into the open.

But off the pitch, both players poured cold water on talk of a feud. “We have sometimes had our disagreements,” Mane admitted to France Football. “But it remains a great pleasure to play beside him because I have the feeling we speak the same type of football.”

Salah, meanwhile, made fun of the rumours rumours by tweeting a video of two young children greeting one another with each of their faces superimposed onto them, as supporters breathed collective a sigh of a relief that Klopp still had two happy campers.

Later that campaign, the Egypt captain was asked by Sky Sports who’d score more goals between him and his Senegalese strike partner come the end of 2019-20. “Yes, of course – me!” Salah laughed.

“No, no, we don’t look at it like that. If none of us score and the game finishes zero-zero – which doesn’t happen often – we are really angry and we get annoyed by that. But when we’re on the pitch and we’re winning, it’s great.

“In my mind, the way I think about it is that everything starts in the dressing room. The relationships you have with everyone can make a huge difference on the pitch. We all have great relationships and I think that helps us in games and in training. It creates a good mood.”

Fast forward to Wednesday, June 22, this year – the day Mane officially became a Bayern Munich player after winning six trophies playing on the opposite flank to Salah – and the pair have gone their separate ways in more than amicable fashion.

Their exchange on Instagram summed it up best, as Salah wrote alongside a selection of pictures of their time together at Anfield: “It’s been quite a ride! Thank you for all the good times and I wish you all the best in your new adventure! You will be missed by all of us.”

In an equally kind and classy reply, Mane declared: “Keep doing your things. Brother you are the best.” If there was any animosity between them, it’s in the past.”

Welcome to the Liverpool ECHO’s Thursday live blog for all your very latest Liverpool FC news, rumours and transfer gossip.

The ECHO will provide breaking stories, reaction and comment to all the big talking points from Anfield as well as keeping tabs on the transfer market around the world.

Liverpool continue to be linked with a move for Inter Milan midfielder Nicolo Barella, plus there are updates on striker Roberto Firmino and Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips.

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Liverpool have sent Billy Koumetio on loan to Austria Vienna for the 2022/23 season, writes Theo Squires.

The 19-year-old, who joined the Reds’ academy in 2018, has made two appearances for Jurgen Klopp’s first team to date.

The ECHO understands a number of clubs were interested in signing the defender on loan, but he opted for Austria Vienna, who had been tracking him for some time, having been impressed by head coach Manfred Schmid, the club’s philosophy and its facilities.

The wheels were well and truly put into motion at Chelsea this week, writes Dave Powell.

Todd Boehly wants to change things up at Chelsea but still be in the hunt for trophies. The 48-year-old is an admirer of the way that Fenway Sports Group have managed to successfully deliver their approach in baseball and apply it to football by focusing on the right players as opposed to the most expensive ones.

Boehly himself is said to be data driven, and having seen how Liverpool have managed to use their investment into that side of the game to their advantage it is expected to be a focus, with signings of the ilk of Lukaku’s last year expected to be a thing of the past under the new regime, with a different type of player profile identified and a more concerted effort to manage wage liabilities and where the money is spent.

Megan Campbell has signed a new contract with Liverpool Women, the club have confirmed.

The Reds are set to return to the WSL next season following their Championship winning campaign and the defender’s extension will be welcomed news as they prepare for life back in the top flight.

Leeds United have ‘identified’ rumoured Liverpool target Cody Gakpo as Raphinha’s replacement, according to reports.

Raphinha has been linked with a move away from Elland Road this summer with Barcelona rumoured to be leading the race for the Brazilian.

Now, according to FootMercato, Leeds view the Dutchman as a potential replacement and would have ‘no trouble’ meeting the reported £26m asking price.

Liverpool, Manchester City and Arsenal are among the clubs to also be linked with the PSV Eindhoven winger but if reports are anything to go by, Leeds could be about to make the first move.

Rumoured Liverpool target Christopher Nkunku has signed a two-year contract extension with RB Leipzig.

The forward had been linked with a number of clubs this summer, including the Reds and Premier League rivals Chelsea.

However, he’s now set to remain in the Bundesliga with a new contract until 2026, which reportedly includes a €60m release clause.

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