Liverpool have wrapped up the signing of Southampton winger Sadio Mane as the Senegal international has signed a five-year deal in a £34m move.
The fee for the 24-year-old could rise to £36m which would make him the Reds most expensive signing, which is currently held by Andy Carroll who moved to Anfield from Newcastle for £35m in 2011.
In a statement on the club’s website, Mane said he is delighted to move to such a big club and can’t wait to get started and add more silverware to the club’s history.
“Today is a big day and I am very happy to sign for one of the biggest clubs in Europe,” said the Senegal man.
“It’s a club that has won a lot of trophies and has a big history. I am looking forward to meeting all the staff and my teammates and starting the season.”
Mane spent two seasons at St, Marys after making a £10m move from Salzburg in 2014 and went on to score 25 goals in 75 appearances in all competitions for the Saints.
He moves Liverpool’s third signing of the summer and also the latest Southampton man to make the switch Anfield following in the likes of Adam Lallana, Nathaniel Clyne, Rickie Lambert and Dejan Lovren.
Only a few months ago, Mane was linked with a move to Man United but it is Liverpool that the 24-year-old has opted to join and although I think he could be a decent player for them, I do think the price tag is a little on the high side.
Mane has been a great player for Southampton over the past two seasons and it will be a major blow to them. Liverpool have shopped in Southampton before but every time the Saints have found someone just a good to replace but they don’t have Ronald Koeman to help them now.
Mane will go straight into the first-team on the right-wing to join up with Philippe Coutinho, Robert Firmino and Daniel Sturridge in Liverpool’s attack next season but Jurgen Klopp needs a few more additions to make Liverpool a top four side again.