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Liverpool confirm Bayern Munich transfer and label departing Sadio Mane a ‘legend’

Sadio Mane done deal, Liverpool to Bayern Munich

Sadio Mane has completed his move from Anfield to Bayern Munich with the Reds labelling the forward a “Liverpool legend”.

Mane, 30, was in Germany on Tuesday to complete formalities on a deal which ends his six-year stay at Liverpool.

Liverpool will receive an initial £27.4m with a further £7.7m potentially in add ons.  In total, the Reds could generate £35.1m from the sale of the former Southampton man who had one year left on his contract.

Sky in Germany understand Mane has penned a contract with the German champions until 2025.

Mane, who was a £34m signing in June 2016, scored 120 goals in 269 games for the Anfield club.

He finished last season with 23 goals, but last month told the club he wanted a new challenge. And less than a month later he has completed a move to the Bundesliga champions.

“The Senegalese forward heads to the Bundesliga outfit after six brilliant seasons with Liverpool,” read a statement on the club’s website.

“He departs Anfield with the best wishes of everyone and the complete set of Premier League, Champions League, FIFA Club World Cup, UEFA Super Cup, Emirates FA Cup and Carabao Cup winner’s medals.”

Klopp labels Mane a ‘legend’

Mane was labelled a “legend” in the tweet that announced his departure. While Jurgen Klopp said exactly the same in April.

“He is a machine,” Klopp wrote. “What he has done for this club and continues to do puts him in the bracket of ‘legend’.”

Speaking to German outlet Bild about the move, Mane declared Bayern the “right club at the right time”.

“When my agent first told me about Bayern’s interest, I was immediately excited,” Mane told Bild.

“I saw myself there right away. For me it was the right club at the right time.

“It’s one of the biggest clubs in the world and the team is always fighting for every title. So for me it was a very good idea and the right decision to come here.”

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