The 2019 CAF African Footballer of the Year recipient has turned in a transfer request to Liverpool per Fabrizio.
The Senegalese star was part of the Liverpool side that lost the UCL final to Real Madrid on Saturday at the Stade de France.
There have been rumors about Mane leaving the English side after the UCL final this season, having been on the form of his life since the start of African Cup of Nations this year.
Mane, 30, was asked about his future before the game with Madrid, he told the media at a press conference: “This question [about my future] I will answer after Champions League [final], if I’m staying or not.
“Come back to me on Saturday and I will give you the best answer you want to hear, for sure,” he added.
“It’s special. I will give you all you want to hear then.”
The 2021 African Cup of Nations winners joined Liverpool in 2016 for €41.2million from Southampton. He has since won all the trophies possible once.
With 1 year left on his contract, Mane is keen on leaving the Club for a new experience. It’s being reported that clubs like Bayer Munich, Juventus and Real Madrid are monitoring the situation at Anfield very closely in a bid to get the signature of the African Champion.
Bayern Munich could lose their star striker, Robert Lewandowski and are determined to sign the Liverpool winger. However, Bayern Munich valuation of the forward (£25million) is not up to Liverpool’s £30million asking price but the Reds could lose him on a free next summer if they don’t sell him or get him to renew his contract.
Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp believes that Mane will always be a great player regardless of where he his playing. He told reporters at the UCL final pre-match conference that “wherever Sadio plays next season, he will be an important player.” This clearly speaks on the abilities of Sadio Mane and the impact he will have in any team he plays.
The 2019 Premier League joint golden boot winner believes that African footballers deserve a shout at the Balon d’Or. Perhaps, this potential move could open up doors for him to contest Karim Benzema for this honour. Mane already won the AFCON , the Carabao Cup and the FA Cup this year and therefore sees himself as a worthy contestant for the France Football prize.
Speaking on the lack of African winners, Mane said: “It’s true. If you guys say it, what can I say myself? Which is sad. This cup, the Africa Cup of Nations, is one of the biggest for myself; it is the biggest trophy I have won in my life.
“For an African player not to have won the Ballon d’Or since George Weah it is sad for sure. Winning the Champions League is special. I have a chance to play it again, and we have a chance to win it as we have a strong team.
“We will do everything we can to win it, and then we will see what happens with the Ballon d’Or.”
The AFCON winner also spoke about his feeling winning the most prestigious award in African football. “Winning the Africa Cup is one of the greatest moments, for sure,” Mane said.
Speaking on his chances on winning the balon d’Or, Mane, 30, said: “For me, it would be even more special to have another bonus, which is the Ballon d’Or, and I would be the most happy player in the world. But for that, you guys [journalists] have to decide.”
Ahead of the World Cup with Senegal later this year, Sadio Mane scored 23 goals and made 5 assits in all club competition this season and could be calling it a wrap at Liverpool this summer.