Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidžić has signed Sadio Mané as a true global star.Image: Revierfoto / Revierfoto
After two weeks of intensive courtship, it all happened in quick succession: Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidžić reached an agreement with Liverpool at the weekend. Sadio Mané landed in Munich on Tuesday morning. Noisy “Picture” went directly from the airport to the hospital for a medical check, after which the superstar met the CEO Oliver Kahn for dinner in the Munich luxury hotel “Mandarin Oriental”.
Sadio Mané (right) and his ex-coach Jürgen Klopp were in the Champions League final three times together.Image: dpa / Nick Potts
According to media reports, FC Bayern is transferring 32 million euros to Liverpool for the services of the Senegalese winger. With bonuses and premiums, this sum can grow to up to 41 million euros.
Bayern boss Salihamidžić confirms “Spartak-Moscow clause”
At the beginning of the negotiations, Bayern Munich’s and Liverpool’s transfer ideas were miles apart: Bayern is said to have initially offered 24.5 million euros (29 million with bonuses), but Liverpool demanded well over 40 million euros. Salihamidžić had to submit at least two other offers before negotiations could get going.
In an interview with “Sport Bild”, Bayern’s sports director has now reacted to the scorn that Salihamidžić received for his offers: “With our introductory offer, there were bonus models that were initially ridiculed by one side or the other because they are linked to factors such as the world footballer election or success in the Champions League.” Brazzo thus directly confirms part of the revelations of that time “The Times”.
However, according to the British daily, a significant part of the fee would not have depended on Bayern eventually winning the Champions League with Mané, but on Bayern winning the Champions League three times in a row. The latter would be a much more unrealistic scenario. The proposed clauses were rated as “laughable” by Liverpool officials, according to The Times.
Spartak Moscow made fun of Bayern Munich
As a result of the leak, the Bayern boss had to endure a lot of ridicule. Spartak Moscow poked fun at Bayern’s transfer efforts in Mané poker with a satirical social media post: According to the tweet, Bayern would offer 1000 euros for Moscow’s top striker Alexander Sobolev. Further payments in the millions depend, among other things, on Bayern winning the Eurovision Song Contest and Messi moving to Real Madrid.
“Let’s put it this way: The now so-called ‘Spartak-Moscow Clause’ has been accepted by Liverpool.”, Salihamidžić justifies himself to “Sport Bild”. “So she couldn’t be that outlandish.” In doing so, he suggests that similar clauses were also part of the final transfer agreement.
In general, the negotiations went exactly as the 45-year-old had hoped: “After we had exchanged the first ideas about numbers with Liverpool, it was important to me that we sat down together to find a solution. That’s in the past Happened in Liverpool on Saturday.”
Secret meeting in the Causa Lewandowski, Barça wants to follow up
In the meantime, there is said to have been a secret meeting in poker for Bayern’s world footballer Robert Lewandowski: Loud “Sky” Salihamidžić met player agent Pini Zahavi in Mallorca last week. Accordingly, he probably tried to convince the Lewandowski party to fulfill the contract after all. Apparently without success.
The 33-year-old Pole has been pushing for an immediate move to FC Barcelona since the end of last season. However, the heavily indebted Catalans had failed with an initial offer of €32m at Bayern Munich.
Barça President Joan Laporta and his management are now allowed to sell parts of the TV rights for up to 25 years in advance. Image: NurPhoto / Joan Valls
Last Thursday, the Barça club members approved the sale of marketing and TV rights to the management, sometimes decades in advance. Although not enough to cover the billions in debt of the chronically cash-strapped Catalans, it is enough to be able to really hit the transfer market again.
According to various media reports, Barcelona plans to follow up with an offer of up to 50 million euros by the end of the week. It remains to be seen whether Bayern will then become weak and sell the “unsellable”.
In the end there were again no points for Mick Schumacher in Canada. It had looked so good after qualifying on Saturday: Schumacher started on Sunday from the third row in sixth place. Career best for the 23-year-old. In addition, a good template for the next milestone: the first world championship points in his career.