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‘Most important’ Sadio Mane ‘a snip’ if Harry Kane is a £100m player, says pundit

Sadio Mane holding the Carabao Cup

Sadio Mane is the most important offensive player at Liverpool and the Reds are well within their rights to put their price tag at £40m, especially if Harry Kane is worth £100m, says Trevor Sinclair.

Mane’s time at Liverpool is up. With just 12 months remaining on his contract the Senegal international has decided to chase a new challenge.

Bayern Munich are the favourites to secure the signature of the the 30-year-old as they look to replace Robert Lewandowski. But Liverpool will not let him go on the cheap despite his contractual situation.

Bayern reportedly made a £30m offer which Liverpool rejected. Only £23.5m of that was cash up front, according to Sky Sports, with the remaining £6.5m in add-ons.

That was their second offering, with The Times saying sporting director Julian Ward found the add-ons ‘laughable’.

Bayern would only have to pay the full £30m for Mane if he won both the Ballon d’Or and the Champions League in every season of his proposed three-year contract.

Liverpool value the player around the £43m mark and the former England winger thinks they are well within their rights to get that fee.

Sadio Mane ‘more important’ than Mo Salah

Sinclair said on talkSPORT: “No player, in my memory, leaves Liverpool on their terms. Liverpool let players go for a lot of money, or they keep them. It shows the power of the club.

“He’s 30 years old. Now, if we’re talking about Harry Kane at 29 being worth £100m, £40m for Sadio Mane, for me, is a snip. He is a great player, he gives everything every game, touch wood he never gets injured, he turns up in big games. I’m not surprised Bayern Munich are trying to get him cheap but Liverpool won’t have it.”

Mohamed Salah scored eight more goals than Mane last season. Mane blasted 23 goals, but Sinclair believes Mane is the more important of the two for Liverpool.

“I think he’s the most important player at Liverpool, offensively, I really do.

“I know you’ll get people calling in saying how many goals Salah’s scored and all the rest of it – fine. It’s not all about goals. It’s about the full game,” added the former West Ham and Man City man.