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Liverpool reach agreement to sell Sadio Mane as Bayern clinch transfer less than £34m

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Liverpool have apparently reached an agreement with Bayern Munich to sell Sadio Mane to the Bundesliga club. The Reds were holding out for a strong fee for the prolific forward but Bayern are reportedly set to pay a bargain fee of less than £34m. 

Mane has been expected to leave Anfield this summer after six years at the club. The 30-year-old had informed the Anfield hierarchy that he did not want to extend his contract before its current end date in 2023. 

That left Liverpool needing to sell the Senegal international before he became a free agent next summer. The Premier League runners-up were keen to receive a fee for a player who has been so key to their success under Jurgen Klopp. 

Bayern are the only club who have been strongly linked with a move for the striker, who joined Liverpool from Southampton in 2016. The perennial Bundesliga champions are completing a rebuild this summer and Mane is widely expected to replace legendary forward Robert Lewandowski, who is reportedly wanted by Barcelona and Paris Saint Germain. 

The two clubs have been haggling over a fee for Mane, with Liverpool reportedly telling Bayern that a previous bid including near-impossible bonuses was derisory. But according to Sky in Germany, a deal under £34m has now been agreed. 

It was a deal that always seemed likely to happen after Liverpool confirmed the signing of Darwin Nunez from Benfica. The Uruguayan will likely become the club’s record signing once add-ons are met, with a total fee of around £85m being paid to the Portuguese club.

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