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Liverpool instantly reject Sadio Mane offer as Bayern Munich ‘poker game’ begins

Liverpool have rejected Bayern Munich’s opening approach for Sadio Mane, believing their total offer worth £25m to be an unreasonable valuation of the 30-year-old.

Uncertainty continues to grow over the future of the Senegalese star, whose desire to leave the Reds emerged in the aftermath of the recent Champions League final loss to Real Madrid.

Bayern are seen as favorites to strike a deal for Mane and have made their first move for the Liverpool striker, filing an estimated fee of £21m plus £4m in add-ons – including a large part would only be won if Julian Nagelsmann team will win the Champions League in the future.

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ECHO understands that Liverpool officials immediately rejected that opening offer for Mane after it was published late last week, believing that anything well below market value doesn’t even constitute conversation.

The Bundesliga side will now face the challenge of going back to the drawing board to produce an improved proposal.

German outlet Bild also believe this will be the case, saying ‘further rounds’ of negotiations will follow in ‘contract poker’ for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations winner. A three-year deal is expected to be the length of the proposed contract as talks continue between the two parties.

Mane opened up about his future at Anfield at a press conference in Senegal on Friday, telling reporters: “Isn’t it 60-70% of Senegalese who want me to leave Liverpool? I will do what they want. We will see soon! The future will tell. »

He then clarified those comments after Saturday night’s game, where he scored a hat-trick to become Senegal’s all-time top scorer. Speaking to Canal+, he said: “I spoke jokingly yesterday with a bit of humor and it was all over the place. I think we’ll stop there. Liverpool are a club that I respect a lot. fans have embraced me since day 1. As for the future, we’ll see.

As previously reported by ECHO, Jurgen Klopp would like a replacement lined up before any moves for Mane are sanctioned. Liverpool are not setting a firm price for their number 10, but early indications were that offers in excess of £40million would be needed to open negotiations.