Hasan Salihamidzic reveals Bayern Munich had no real interest in signing Sadio Mane this summer time till his agent talked up the prospect of an Anfield exit throughout negotiations within the sporting director’s backyard over Serge Gnabry’s new contract
- Hasan Salihamidzic reveals the unlikely situation for Sadio Mane switch talks
- Bayern Munich had no real interest in the transfer till Mane’s agent mentioned a deal
- Salihamidzic was in his backyard discussing Serge Gnabry’s contract on the time
- Mane’s £35.1m switch from Liverpool was confirmed by Bayern on Wednesday
- Gnabry’s take care of the German titans expires on the finish of June subsequent 12 months
In keeping with Bild, the Sporting Director was in his backyard discussing the contract of Bayern ahead Serge Gnabry, who shares the identical company as Mane, earlier than the thought of signing the participant was even on the German titans’ radar.
Hasan Salihamidzic revealed the choice to maneuver for Sadio Mane came about in his backyard
Salihamidzic advised the German outlet: ‘It was in my backyard. Marco Neppe and I sat along with Björn Bezemer and Daniel Delonga, their ROOF company represents Serge Gnabry. It is no secret we had been in talks as a result of we need to lengthen with Serge.
‘That was when the identify of Sadio Mané was talked about for the primary time, as he is additionally represented by Björn.
‘In the course of the talks I assumed to myself: ‘One thing is feasible!’ – As Björn was leaving, I requested him how massive the possibilities actually are.
The discussions over a Mane transfer got here up as he shares an agent with Bayern’s Serge Gnabry
Gnabry’s deal runs out in summer time of 2023
‘After I heard that Mané rejected all Liverpool’s makes an attempt to increase his contract, I used to be instantly . Two days later, Julian Nagelsmann, Marco and I had been on a airplane to Liverpool.
‘For me it was instantly clear, if there was actually an opportunity to signal Sadio Mané, I used to be able to work on it day and night time. Julian was absolutely behind it from the beginning.’
In a six 12 months spell at Liverpool, the Senegalese worldwide scored 120 targets in 269 appearances in all competitions, and gained six trophies, together with the Champions League and Premier League.
Nevertheless, with the signing of Uruguay striker Darwin Nunez on an £85m deal from Benfica Mane’s place within the Liverpool hierarchy was doubtlessly underneath risk.
And with only one 12 months left on his present deal the participant determined that this summer time can be the appropriate time to maneuver on, after Liverpool fell to an agonising 1-0 defeat to Actual Madrid in Might’s Champions League ultimate.
Of his transfer to Bayern, Mane mentioned: ‘When my agent first advised me about Bayern’s curiosity, I used to be instantly excited.
The Senegalese worldwide confirmed his need to stop Anfield on the finish of the season
‘I noticed myself there immediately… It is one of many greatest golf equipment on the earth and the crew is at all times preventing for each title. So for me it was an excellent thought and the appropriate resolution to return right here.
‘My agent advised me that there have been enquiries from different golf equipment. That is a part of the enterprise.
‘However I bought the sensation immediately when Bayern introduced their plan to me. I discovered myself in Bayern’s plan greater than anybody else.’
The Senegal star joins Julian Nagelsmann’s Bundesliga champions for £35.1million
The 30-year-old is the primary of Jurgen Klopp’s unique fearsome entrance three to depart the membership
Germany star Gnabry’s contract on the Bavarian giants expires on the finish of subsequent season, and Salihamidzic made it clear that the membership need to lengthen his keep on the Allianz Enviornment.
Gnabry has been a fixture within the Bayern crew of late, having joined the membership from Werder Bremen in 2017 for £7.2m, and performed each single Bundesliga sport final season, scoring 17 and helping ten in 45 video games in all competitions.
The 26-year-old ahead was considered one of a lot of Bayern’s attackers linked with a transfer, alongside Robert Lewandowski, however the Sporting Director Salihamidzic insisted Mane was not signed to interchange any of his present gamers.