It’s not just Arsenal and Premier League clubs making huge statements in the summer transfer window as Bayern Munich have completed the signing of Sadio Mane.
The Bundesliga giants confirmed the move on Tuesday and as per the BBC, Liverpool will receive 32m euros (£ 27.4m) with an additional 6m euros based on appearances, plus 3m euros for individual and team achievements taking the overall package to 32m euros (£ 27.4m) 35m).
Bolstering an attack that already includes Robert Lewandowski, Leroy Sane and Kinglsey Coman, Mane is looking forward to a new challenge: “This is the right time for this challenge,” he said at his unveiling. “I felt the great interest of this big club from the start so there was no doubt in my mind. “
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And this deal could be fantastic news for the Gunners -alth not because it could open the door for some supporters to get their wish of a Serge Gnabry return amid reports that he could be sold by Bayern Munich this summer if he doesn’t sign a new contract which has just over a year left to run.
As explained by The Athletic, Arsenal have not discussed the Germany international as an active target due to his expected wage demands. Further, the report states that it would be a huge surprise if the 26-year-old ends up at the Emirates Stadium before the window closes.
Instead, Mane’s move to Bayern should benefit the Gunners simply by not having to prepare for him when facing Liverpool home and away in the Premier League or in the domestic cup competitions next season as the Senegal international often haunted the north London outfit during his time in England.
In 18 appearances against Arsenal across all competitions, Mane netted eight goals –Crystal Palace (13), Manchester City (10) and Aston Villa (9) are the only other teams in the division he fared better against –as he clearly relished facing the Gunners whether that be for Southampton or Liverpool.
Upon arriving in England from Red Bull Salzburg in the summer of 2014, the forward scored or claimed an assist against Arsenal in each of his eight seasons. In addition after opening his account for Liverpool on his debut in the opening game of the 2016/17 campaign at the Emirates Stadium –his favorite goal for the club.
“Wow! I will say my first goal at Emirates Stadium against Arsenal on my debut,” he revealed. “And then after, my second goal, I will say against Bayern Munich, against Manuel Neuer! Sorry Manu, I am coming but I think the second goal was also unbelievable! So, I will pick these two goals. ”
As Mane only failed to score once in six meetings with Arsenal at Anfield, the Gunners will be glad to see the back of him. However, his exit won’t make games against Liverpool even easier as Jurgen Klopp can still call upon Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Luis Diaz and big-money summer signing Darwin Nunez in attack next season.
With that said, Diogo Jota has already shown signs of taking up the Mane mantle against Mikel Arteta’s side. The Portugal international has only faced the Gunners 11 times in his career but they are already one of his favorite opponents with eight goals too –including four in four last season.
So whilst not having to face Mane is certainly great news from an Arsenal perspective, fans ought to be hopeful that Arteta has devised a plan to stop Jota from improving his goalscoring record as he will surely be Liverpool’s biggest threat when the two sides lock horns in the 2022/23 campaign.
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