Bayern Munich made a second offer for Sadio Mane, but it was only £30 million with bonuses, so Liverpool turned it down. They still value the Senegalese forward at €50 million (£42.5 million).
Bayern would have had to win the Champions League and Mane would have had to win the Ballon d’Or in each of the next three years for all the bonuses to reach £30 million. Liverpool thinks that an initial sum of £23.5 million is not enough and that the add-ons are laughable.
The German champions want €50 million for Robert Lewandowski, who Barcelona wants. Like Liverpool winger Sadio Mane, Lewandowski has one season left on his current deal, but he is three years older than Mane.
Liverpool think that €50 million is a fair price for a player with Mane’s Premier League and Champions League experience. This is especially true given that the Senegalese has done well in all three forward positions for Jurgen Klopp’s team.
Bayern wants to meet to talk about a deal, but Liverpool doesn’t see the point unless Bayern is ready to make a serious offer. Even with extras, their first offer for the player from Southampton was only £25 million.
Liverpool is adamant that they won’t sell Mane unless they can get a fair price and a good replacement.
They want to sign striker Darwin Nunez, but Benfica wants £85 million for him, and Liverpool don’t want to compete with Manchester United, who also want to sign the Uruguayan.
Liverpool is also looking for other attackers. They signed Luis Diaz in January, but they still want to add a forward if Sadio Mane leaves. This is especially true since Divock Origi is already leaving and Takumi Minamino may leave as well.