Pundit Paul Merson is baffled by Liverpool’s decision to sell Sadio Mané for the price they did. The Reds accepted under their asking price.
This week, Sadio Mané was formally sold by Liverpool to Bayern Munich. It ends a wonderful six-year period at the club during which the Reds developed into one of the top teams in Europe.
The focal point of that development was Mané. As Jurgen Klopp’s first significant signing and a player who actually began to put things into place, he was in many ways the catalyst for it. He has contributed to the club winning every major trophy, and last season may have been his best.
Why then are Liverpool selling at this time? Why pay the Guardian’s fee, which is only £35 – £28 million guaranteed? Paul Merson undoubtedly finds it difficult to understand.
He told SportsKeeda, “I don’t see the value in this transfer at all for Liverpool.” “I am aware that his contract was due to end in the summer. However, they ought to have retained him rather than selling him for an estimated £30 million.
“Come on, this is a transfer that simply doesn’t feel right with me. I mean, come on, I wouldn’t be surprised if a Championship player gets sold for £30 million in the near future.”
Liverpool sell Sadio Mané for a relatively small fee
Actually, we made a similar statement in May. Simply said, there is no value in this, and Liverpool could easily get £34 million from Mane in a single season.
But the context is crucial. After all, Mané’s contract wasn’t the only issue going into 2023. In addition to being out of contracts, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino are both expected to go for free in 2019.
Would Liverpool honestly consider such a idea? We don’t think so; losing their front three for nothing would be terrible. Since Mané is the easiest to replace, selling one now has always made sense. Particularly when Darwin Nunez, Luis Diaz, and Diogo Jota can all play on the left.
There is logic to this arrangement, even though we can understand Merson’s perspective. Liverpool only got what they could out of Mané, who is probably certainly worth more than £35 million.