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Liverpool star Sadio Mane set to join Bayern Munich, Yves Bissouma joins Spurs from Brighton, Southampton, Manchester City, transfer gossip, rumours, latest


The break-up of Liverpool’s attacking juggernaut has officially begun, as the Reds have reportedly agreed to sell Sadio Mane to European heavyweights Bayern Munich.

Sky Sportsclaims that Mane will head to Bavaria in a deal worth up to $AUD61 million.

The 30-year-old’s impending departure continues Reds boss Jurgen Klopp’s refresh of his attacking stocks as the era of Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino reaches its twilight days.

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Salah remains Liverpool’s talisman but with one year remaining on his deal, the club will be forced to make a crucial decision as to whether they keep the Egyptian on board given he will likely command a higher deal.

Firmino’s role has decreased in recent seasons especially with the arrival of Diogo Jota from Wolves last season.

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The signing of Luis Diaz from Porto in the January window was another signal that the end is nearing for the figures behind the club’s most successful era in recent memory.

That notion was solidified with Liverpool’s $149 million capture of 22-year-old sharpshooter Darwin Nunez from Benfica which helped pave the way for Mane’s exit.

The Nunez signing gave Bayern renewed hope that a deal would be done as Liverpool looked to recoup some of its outlay

Mane enjoyed a fruitful six-year spell with Liverpool having signed from Southampton in 2016 for $54 million and became Klopp’s first major signing since taking over at Anfield.

The Senegalese star went on to make over 260 appearances for the English giants and enjoyed plenty of individual and club success including the Reds’ first-ever Premier League title in 2019/20 as well as a Champions League triumph in 2018/19.

Mane also hit double figures in the scoring column for six consecutive seasons and bagged 20 goals in all competitions in four seasons.

BRIGHTON, ENGLAND – MAY 07: Edinson Cavani of Manchester United is challenged by Yves Bissouma of Brighton & Hove Albion during the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Manchester United at American Express Community Stadium on May 07, 2022 in Brighton, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

SPURS BAG IN-DEMAND BISSOUMA

Tottenham announced the signing on Friday of midfielder Yves Bissouma from Brighton for a reported fee of £25 million (A$44 million), giving manager Antonio Conte his third signing of the transfer window.

The highly rated Mali international shone as Brighton achieved their best-ever Premier League finish of ninth last season.

Bissouma, 25, has signed a four-year deal and will join fellow new arrivals Ivan Perisic and Fraser Forster at the London club.

“I’m very happy to be here, happy to be a Spurs player and hopefully we’re going to have a good season,” Bissouma told Spurs TV.

Spurs will play in the Champions League next season after they pipped north London rivals Arsenal to fourth place in the Premier League.

A £150 million investment from owners ENIC has boosted Conte’s transfer budget and the attraction of playing in Europe’s top club competition has made Tottenham a top draw.

Bissouma said it was his “dream” to play in the Champions League. He had only one year remaining on his contract at Brighton and Seagulls manager Graham Potter said the deal was also a good one for the club, which could now reinvest in the squad.

“The transfer is a very good one for the club and player,” said Potter. “Yves has shown his undoubted ability and been an important player for us during his time with us.

“Now he has a new challenge with Tottenham, including the opportunity to play Champions League football, and everyone at the club wishes him well.”

LEEDS SIGN THIRD GUN

Marc Roca became Leeds’s third signing of the transfer window on Friday as the Spanish midfielder completed a reported £10 million move from Bayern Munich.

The 25-year-old has joined on a four-year deal after struggling for game time with the German giants since joining in 2020.

“Everyone told me the Premier League is the best league in the world and the history of Leeds United is amazing,” said Roca. “I hope we can do good things here.” The former Spanish under-21 international began his career at Espanyol before moving to the then European champions two years ago.

But he made just 24 appearances in two seasons for the German champions. Roca’s arrival takes Leeds’ summer spending to close to £50 million after signing Brendan Aaronson and Rasmus Kristensen from Red Bull Salzburg.

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SAINTS BAG DOUBLE GLOVEMAN MOVE

Southampton on Friday announced the signing of goalkeepers Gavin Bazunu from Manchester City and free agent Mateusz Lis on five-year contracts.

Irish international Bazunu will cost a reported £12 million. The 20-year-old joined the Premier League champions as a 16-year-old from Shamrock Rovers before spending loan spells at Rochdale and Portsmouth.

The arrival of both ‘keepers follows the announcement of the departure of Southampton’s former England goalkeeper Fraser Forster, 34, who is joining Tottenham after his contract expires at the end of June.

“We believe he has tremendous potential to improve and will give us great competition for places in the goalkeeping department,” said manager Ralph Hasenhuettl on Bazunu.

“He is a goalkeeper with a very modern style of play, comfortable in the build-up phase, who has developed physically through some very important loan moves early in his career,” he added.

Bazunu has starred in 10 international appearances, notably saving a penalty from Cristiano Ronaldo in a World Cup qualifier last year.

And he is excited to take the step up to regular Premier League football. “The biggest thing is opportunity — the fact that I can come here and have a chance to play regular football,” he said.

“Just to be given that opportunity to fight for my place is the biggest thing that I could’ve asked for.” Poland’s Lis joins on a free transfer after his contract at Turkish club Altay expired.



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