Former Liverpool winger Sadio Mane is expected to leave FC Bayern Munich as Cristiano Ronaldo’s Al Nassr are hoping to sign the Senegalese star.
The Saudi Pro League club has been pretty busy this summer and have managed to attract some of the best talents from Europe this summer. It all started with the historic signing of Cristiano Ronaldo back in January. Since then, a number of stars have begun migrating to the Saudi Pro League, giving into the lure of big paychecks.
They have already signed Marcelo Brozovic from Inter Milan, and Hakim Ziyech from Chelsea. Manchester United’s David De Gea is also in talks to join the club. And it now looks like a former Premier League star is also en route to joining the five times Ballon d’Or winner up front.
Could Sadio Mane be Cristiano Ronaldo’s new teammate?
According to AIPS Media journalist Sultan Al-Otaibi (as reported by Bavarian Football Works), Sadio Mane has already been contacted by Al Nassr over a potential transfer.
The forward has two years remaining on his contract, but Bayern Munich is also keen to let him leave after just one season. Mane has found himself out of the starting lineup due to many fitness and form issues throughout the season. The Bavarians will hope to sell him in order to get some cash as they look to sign a new striker. The Saudi club will have no problems with paying a transfer fee, as seen in recent days.
It is also reported that two other Saudi clubs Al Ettifaq and Al Ahli are also in the race. But he may choose Al Nassr, as they are a bigger club with a better sporting project. On top of that, playing alongside Cristiano Ronaldo himself is such a big opportunity for the 31-year-old Senegalese attacker. Mane is also a Muslim player and as such the lure of a move to Saudi Arabia is possibly a big factor; therefore, the likelihood of the move happening is quite high.
When did Mane join Bayern Munich?
Sadio Mane joined the club last summer from Liverpool for a fee of €32 million. He has,however, failed to live up to the high expectations that he set during his successful time at Liverpool. The Senegal international has a measly 12 goals and 6 assists in 7 appearances for the Bavarians. This is why the club reportedly wants to let him go.
But the main reason is said to be an incident back in April. During the 3-0 Champions League quarter-final defeat to Manchester City, the striker allegedly punched teammate Leroy Sane in the face. The club fined and gave Mane a one-game suspension, which he has already completed.
It is said the club already decided at that moment to let him leave. They do not want the player to stay as they think it could have negative consequences in the dressing room.
Many Premier League clubs such as Newcastle, Manchester United, West Ham, and Brighton are said to consider buying the forward. And now Al Nassr is also in the race to bring the renowned star to the rising Saudi League.