Sadio Mane’s move to Al-Nassr is set to cost Liverpool millions of pounds after a failed spell with Bayern Munich.
The Senegal star swapped Anfield for the Allianz Arena 12 months ago, netting Liverpool an initial £27.5m in the process, with further add-ons based on appearances and performance.
However, the heralded move has not gone to plan.
Despite a strong start to his time in Germany he faded out of favour when Thomas Tuchel took over, and was suspended briefly after an altercation with Leroy Sane in which he punched the German in the aftermath of a Champions League game against Manchester City.
With just 12 goals in 38 games, he is out of favour at the Allianz Arena and Thomas Tuchel appeared to suggest that he was well behind other options in his pecking order.
“Basically, Sadio had an unsatisfactory season and fell short of expectations”, the ex-Chelsea boss explained. “The competitive situation is extremely high for him with Kingsley Coman and Serge Gnabry, we have a constellation which makes it very difficult for Sadio. The player knows that too, he knows my opinion and the opinion of the club.”
The German continued: “Let’s see. Crazy things have happened in football. Ultimately, the starting position is not easy. Time will make us a little smarter.”
Now, he is set to move on to pastures new just 12 months into his three year contract in Germany, with a 40m euro move to Saudi Arabian side Al-Nassr on the table, where he will join up with Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcelo Brozovic.
In doing so, he will see Jurgen Klopp’s side miss out on millions of pounds in potential add-ons based on his appearances for the German side, as well as performance based add ons, with it being claimed that the deal had ‘a further £5m based on appearances, and £2.5m in add-ons based on individual and team achievements.’
Though he won the Bundesliga title on the final day of the campaign, he will have been unlikely to trigger his appearance add-ons.