28 June 2016
Senegalese forward, Sadio Mane, 24, has completed a move to English Premier League side, Liverpool from Southampton for a fee of £34m.
The £34m fee put Mane behind Andy Carroll as the most expensive Liverpool player in history. Carroll who now plays for West Ham was acquired from Newcastle for £35m in 2011.
Though the fee couldn’t help Mane beat Carroll to Liverpool’s most expensive player, the fee was enough to make him Africa’s most expensive player.
Ivorian striker, Wilfred Bonny held the record when Manchester City paid Swansea City £28m for his services in January 2015.
Mane was signed to Liverpool on a five year deal and becomes Jurgen Klopp’s third signing of the summer transfer window.
Liverpool had before Mane signed German goalkeeper Loris Karius and Cameroon defender Joel Matip.
Mane is the latest in a string of players to make the switch from St Mary’s to Anfield in recent seasons.
Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren, Rickie Lambert and Nathaniel Clyne have all moved to Liverpool since the summer of 2014.
Over the past two seasons, Mane has scored 21 goals in 67 Premier League appearances for the Saints after joining for £10m from Salzburg in 2014.
This means Mane has scored at least eight more goals than any other Liverpool player in the same period. Philippe Coutinho is next best with 13 goals.
An excited Mane spoke to Liverpool’s official website after he completed his move. He said: “Today is a big day and I am very happy to sign for one of the biggest clubs in Europe”.