Bayern Munich forward Sadio Mane looks set to join Saudi Pro League side Al Nassr, according to sources who have spoken to 90min. Mane has been one of the more high-profile players linked with a move to the Middle East this transfer window, and it now appears that a deal in principle has been agreed.
Mane joined Bayern Munich from Liverpool last summer but had an underwhelming debut season with the German giants, scoring just 12 goals in 38 games across all competitions. He also made headlines for the wrong reasons after getting into a physical altercation with teammate Leroy Sane following a Champions League loss.
Reports in May suggested that Bayern would be open to offers for Mane, but the player initially refused to discuss a move to Saudi Arabia. However, it seems that he has now had a change of heart, with sources suggesting that he has quickly reached an agreement in principle on personal terms with Al Nassr, who are managed by Cristiano Ronaldo.
This move is something of a U-turn for Mane, who had previously stressed that he would not consider a move to Saudi Arabia, even as recently as a fortnight ago. However, it appears that he has been swayed by the opportunity to play under Ronaldo and the challenge of a new league.
Bayern Munich believe that they will not be able to recoup the £35m they paid to sign Mane from Liverpool, but they will be looking to bring in a sum as close to that as possible. The German champions are also believed to remain interested in signing Harry Kane from Tottenham Hotspur, although sources suggest that Spurs are still refusing to even put a price tag on their star striker.
It remains to be seen whether Mane’s move to Al Nassr will be completed, but it is clear that he is a player in demand this summer, and his future looks likely to be away from the Allianz Arena.