News From Liverpool: Bayern Munich want Sadio Mane amid difficult contract talks

Much of the talk around new contracts at Anfield has focussed on Mohamed Salahs deal expiring next year, but Manes deal also expires in summer 2023, a little over a year away.

Very rarely would a player of Mane or Salahs importance, quality and worth be allowed to enter the final year of their contract, but the pandemic appears to have pushed contract talks back.

Now, Liverpool face the difficult task of renewing Mane, Salah and Roberto Firmino before they enter the final year of their deals.

Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are also out of contract at the end of next season.

In eight months, each of the Reds famed front three will be free to agree free contract deals with foreign clubs.

And despite public declarations of calm from Jurgen Klopp and sources inside Anfield, its a concerning situation.

While the obvious move from Liverpool is to retain Salah and therefore make him the highest-paid player in the clubs history, the question over Mane is just as difficult.

The Senegalese has been in superb form in recent weeks, at a time when Salahs has dipped following the Africa Cup of Nations.

Now, Sky Germany claim that Bayern Munich are seeking a deal to sign the 30-year-old.

Its claimed that Bayerns sporting director, Hasan Salihamidzic, sees Mane as a statement transfer although no negotiations have yet taken place.

They add that talks between Liverpool and Mane over a contract extension are proving difficult.

That could well be linked to Salahs contract negotiations, which have also stalled in recent months.

Asked about Manes contract situation last month, Klopp refused to be drawn learning from lessons when speaking about Salahs.

Its my fault, I made a mistake with talking to you about the Mo contract situation which I usually dont do, Klopp said after being asked about Manes situation.

It led to plenty of misunderstandings and you ask again, so I go back to my former approach and close the door again.

Theres nothing to say about any kind of negotiations of contract stuff, not for me here.

When there is something to announce, you [the media] are the first group to get the information, until then you just have to wait.

It was reported by English journalists following Klopps new contract recently that the manager now wanted to get Mane signed to a new deal.

These reports from Germany, which are being repeated by Sky Sports in the UK, could well be a move by Manes representatives to push Liverpool to agree to the terms they are seeking.

For Liverpool, it could make business sense to sell a player this summer for a large fee, rather than lose them a year later on a free transfer.

Mane joined the Reds in 2016 from Southampton for 30 million, scoring 118 goals for the club in 265 appearances so far.

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