Liverpool expect Bayern Munich to meet the £40m valuation of Sadio Mane to fund Darwin Nunez’s signing

Sadio Mane of Liverpool celebrates against Arsenal
Sadio Mane of Liverpool celebrates against Arsenal - IMAGO / Sportimage

Liverpool still expects Bayern Munich to pay the £40million price they have placed on Sadio Mane after rejecting a second offer for the attacker.

The Senegalese has told Liverpool he wants to leave this summer, but the Reds are not willing to let him go for cheap. Bayern Munich have already submitted two bids for him but Liverpool have reportedly rejected both bids. 

The Bavarians opened their bidding for Mane at £21million plus £4m of add-ons at the start of this week. And after seeing that offer rejected, they returned to the negotiation table with an offer of up to £30m. But the second proposal was said to include add-ons that would only be paid if the Senegal forward won three Ballon d’Ors. And Liverpool instantly dismissed it.

But according to The Telegraph, as reported by Sportsmail, Liverpool still expects Julian Nagelsmann’s side to meet their £40m valuation of the Senegalese winger, who has just one year left on his contract at Anfield. Jurgen Klopp’s side are pointing to the fact Bayern are also demanding a high fee for their own wantaway striker Robert Lewandowski, although the Poland international also only has a year remaining in his current deal.

The report also claims that the proceeds from Mane’s sale would pave the way for Liverpool to sign Darwin Núñez from Benfica for around £60m plus ad-ons. The Reds have reportedly agreed on personal terms with the player and are waiting for Benfica to accept their proposal. 

Liverpool signed Mane from Southampton in 2016 and the 30-year-old has been a key player under Klopp. He scored 23 goals in all competitions last season, helping Liverpool to the Carabao Cup and the FA Cup titles. He has 120 goals and 48 assists in six years at Anfield.