“It hurts me to say goodbye to Bayern Munich.” – Sadio Mané

As reported by Fabrizio Romano, Sadio Mané is set to sign for Al-Nassr from Bayern Munich.

With a fee agreed between the record champions and Al-Nassr considered to be in the region of €25m – €30m, Bayern can now plan for life without the Senegalese international. It is a departure that has saved Thomas Tuchel’s side €24m in wages that can be placed towards a deal for Tottenham striker Harry Kane.

Nevertheless, while it is a move that Bayern were always planning on, Mané had been hopeful of remaining in Bavaria and fighting for his place back in the side. However, after pressure from the Bayern board, the 31-year-old reluctantly went in search of pastures new.

After agreeing to join Al-Nassr, Mané will see a move to Saudi Arabia increase his annual salary to €40m. Now that a change is all but certain, Mané spoke to Sky Germany about his departure from the Rekordmeister: 

“It hurts me to say goodbye to FC Bayern. I would have liked a different ending. I know I could have helped this team this season. I wanted to prove it to everyone this season. Nevertheless, I wish the club and the fans only the best for the future.” 

When the Bayern squad left Tokyo for Singapore on Sunday morning, Mané travelled to Dubai where he has now completed his medical at the club. The move is set to be confirmed in the coming hours and it brings to an end what has been an underwhelming and unfortunate spell in Munich for the Senegalese forward. 

GGFN | Will Shopland

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