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Modern Liverpool legend set for sensational Cristiano Ronaldo combination after Fabrizio Romano ‘here we go’

Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, Liverpool, May 2022

Sadio Mane is on the move again just a year after leaving Liverpool, since Fabrizio Romano has confirmed Al Nassr will be signing the Senegal star.

Mane left Liverpool last summer after they failed to reach an agreement about extending his contract. After focusing their attention on renewing Mohamed Salah’s stay instead, Liverpool sold Mane to Bayern Munich. Although a different type of attacker, Mane’s new challenge was to help fill the void left by Barcelona-bound Robert Lewandowski at the Allianz Arena.

Things didn’t quite go to plan for Mane in Munich, though. He only scored seven Bundesliga goals from 25 appearances, and 12 goals from 38 games in all competitions. And most notably of all, his season was overshadowed by a punch-up with his teammate Leroy Sane.

It was one of many factors that put Mane’s long-term credentials in Bavaria at risk. Recently, Bayern have been weighing up his future amid serious interest from Saudi Professional League side Al Nassr.

After already adding Cristiano Ronaldo to their squad earlier this year following his release by Man Utd, Al Nassr have been plotting a swoop for Mane to become the next cog of what would on paper be a glittering attack.

Indeed, the Saudi exit route has quickly become more viable than a Premier League return for Mane, despite previous links with some English clubs such as Newcastle.

And transfer expert Romano has revealed on Friday afternoon that “Bayern have accepted the verbal proposal after advanced talks yesterday.”

Therefore, Al Nassr have succeeded in agreeing terms with Bayern for Mane’s move. All that remains is for final checks to be completed on the paperwork for his contract and for his medical to be booked in.

‘Here we go’ for Mane to Al Nassr

Given how close everything is, Romano has used his signature “here we go” catchphrase to indicate that the move is happening.

As well as Ronaldo, Mane will be able to count Seko Fofana, Alex Telles, David Ospina, Talisca and Marcelo Brozovic as some of his most high-profile new teammates at Al Nassr.

Mane will be the second member of Liverpool’s iconic front three from the peak of the Jurgen Klopp era to end up in Saudi Arabia this summer, after Roberto Firmino was released by the Reds and joined Al Ahli.

Both Mane and Firmino can be regarded as modern-day Liverpool legends for what they achieved at Anfield. But times are changing and, a year on from Mane moving away from Merseyside, they will be reunited next season – just on opposite teams, in contrast to earlier suggestions they could both have linked up at Al Ahli.

Another icon of the Klopp era at Anfield, midfielder Jordan Henderson, has also signed for a Saudi side in the shape of Steven Gerrard’s Al Ettifaq. Furthermore, Fabinho is also due to depart Liverpool’s midfield in favour of joining Al Ittihad.

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