Barcelona and Bayern Munich links push Liverpool to re-open Make contract talks

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Written by Martin Graham | May 11 2022

Liverpool are currently in the process of renegotiating Sadio Mane’s contract with links emerging with Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

The Senegalese striker has been in good shape for Liverpool this season despite missing more than six weeks due to the Africa Cup of Nations. His form has been one of the main reasons why the Reds have dominated matches this season.

His current contract expires in 2023, and Mane hinted earlier that it was time to move on. It is understood that Liverpool do not want to lose him when his contract expires, or at least for free, but he has not taken any final steps to renew his contract.

Instead, they focused on Mohamed Salah, whose contract expires in 2023 just like Mane, and got the Egyptian to agree to sign. However, links with Barcelona – the club understood to be Mane’s favorite destination – and now German champions Bayern have prompted the Reds to open discussions as the season goes into the past few weeks.

Bayern Munich is set to lose Robert Lewandowski in the summer and, according to German media, has made Mane the main replacement for the Polish striker. Spanish port Mundo DeportivoMeanwhile, she mentioned that Mane’s name has been flying around Barcelona’s offices as a major target for the summer as well.

Liverpool relaxed about the situation

But Liverpool are comfortable with the situation but are putting the mechanisms in place to start talks at the end of the season. They are currently postponing it because the club and the players are focused on a potential quartet that they have a chance to win.

The Reds are three points behind Manchester City – who have just signed Erling Haaland – in the Premier League three games ago, and have also reached the Champions League and FA Cup finals. They have already won the Carabao Cup and could be the first English team to win all four major titles.

Mane’s agent, Bjorn Bezem has a strong relationship with Julian Ward, the upcoming sporting director of Liverpool. He was seen watching the semi-final second leg between Liverpool and Villarreal with Ward and other Liverpool managers, giving fans a sense of hope that Mane will remain at the club for much longer.

Mane has been at Liverpool since 2016 and, along with James Milner, is the only surviving member of the squad with which Jurgen Klopp set out to rebuild Liverpool into the mental beasts they are currently in.

Martin Graham is a sports writer for the MFF Forum