Bayern Munich’s Senegal forward, Sadio Mane, has joined Saudi Pro League club Al-Nassr after one season with the Bundesliga champions, both clubs said on Tuesday.Financial details were not disclosed, but media reports said the Saudis paid €40 million ($43.85 million) for the 31-year-old, who had two more years left on his Bayern contract.
Mane moved to Bayern in 2022 with high hopes after netting 120 goals in 269 games for Liverpool, where he won the Champions League, Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup and Club World Cup.
He was a key figure in the Merseyside club’s attack but failed to make the same impression at Bayern, where he fell out with teammate Leroy Sane and hit the German winger.It was an offence for which he was fined and suspended.
The twice African Footballer of the Year averaged more than 20 goals a season in his last five campaigns with Liverpool but scored only 12 for Bayern.“We want to thank Sadio Mane for the past season,” Bayern CEO Jan-Christian Dreesen told the club website.Dressen acknowledged that the year had not been easy for Mane, who suffered an injury and missed participation with Senegal in AFCON and World Cup.
“Due to the long downtime, he wasn’t able to contribute as much to FC Bayern as we and he himself had hoped.“That’s why we decided together that he should start a new chapter in his career and make a fresh start at another club,” he said. Mane joins an Al Nassr outfit who have strengthened their squad since the marquee signing of Cristiano Ronaldo last term.
The Saudis, who were runners-up last season, have signed midfielders Marcelo Brozovic from Inter Milan and Seko Fofana from Lens, while left-back Alex Telles has also joined from Manchester United.Al-Nassr were banned from registering new players earlier this month due to outstanding debts.