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Transformation news in Liverpool: Nunez expects growth, Nagelsmann is set to follow Mane

Talk about the exciting start for new Liverpool manager Julian Ward.

Since the end of Michael Edwards’ reign after the team’s last defeat in the Champions League with Real Madrid, Ward has been tasked with tackling the upcoming Sadio Mane crisis as he tries to rectify Jurgen Klopp’s future with a job. of the chosen place. Benfica’s Darwin Nunez for € 100 million (£ 85 million) is the biggest in their shortlist and efforts to end the deal continue.

Start negotiations with sponsors to renew contracts and try to raise funds for the downsizing of the remaining stars at Anfield and has been in place since June.

Explaining whether fire baptisms would not be appropriate because there has been a gradual division of responsibilities from Edwards to Ward in the last six months.

Ward took the lead in making £ 50million with Porto at Luis Diaz at the end of the January window and later dropped the bid to sign Fabio Carvalho from Fulham for a fee of £ 5 million which could rise to £ 7.7 million and add-on.

Edwards, who spent less time at Kirkby’s AXA Training Center in the second half of this season in daily communication with Ward and has provided extensive advice to his successor. It will be useful when Ward play solid football with Bayern Munich in their bid for Mane and negotiate with Benfica to form a Nunez deal.

Anfield officials have rejected Bayern’s second bid for Mane as “funny” on Wednesday after it was revealed he had offered £ 23.5 million which could rise to $ 30 million and more. The £ 6.5million bonus could have been if Bayern had won the Champions League and Mane were promoted to the Ballon d’Or in the next three years – which Liverpool saw as exciting.

The Athletic revealed last week that Liverpool Mane’s asking price had been set at around € 50 million (£ 42 million). Bayern’s initial demand was £ 21 million which could rise to £ 25 million.

Bayern sports manager Hasan Salihamidzic wants to fly to Merseyside for a face-to-face meeting with Ward, but Liverpool insist they will waste their time unless they are willing to give what they consider to be the most important things.

Bundesliga players have also claimed that Liverpool only paid £ 25 million in September 2020 for midfielder Thiago, who, like Mane, went down until the last year of his contract.

However, Anfield officials believe a better comparison is Bayern’s recent £ 50million (£ 42 million) price for Robert Lewandowski, who wants to leave the Allianz Arena this summer for Barcelona. Both players ended in 2023 but Mane is three years younger than the Polish shooter.

Liverpool were initially looking forward to re-negotiating with Mane over a contract extension at the end of the season, but it became clear he wanted to make some changes after changing his head with Bayern’s three-year advantage.

Bayern head coach Julian Nagelsmann, who played for Liverpool during his time in charge of Hoffenheim and RB Leipzig, led the club in search of Mane. He believes that his skills, talents, unwavering culture and flexibility will enhance his team.

Also filling Lewandowski’s shoes in the middle, Mane could be used everywhere due to Serge Gnabry’s future uncertainty. His signing could also give Nagelsmann the opportunity to switch machines and play with three players.


The pain of Mane’s departure was reduced by Nunez’s arrival (Photo: Getty Images)

For Salihamidzic, it looks like an opportunity to get one of the best talents in the Premier League with a small fine. He is under pressure after a frustrating season to offer a beautiful signing and Mane fits well.

Mane returned to prominence in the second half of the season after promoting Senegal to the glory of the Africa Cup of Nations and finishing Liverpool with 23 goals in all competitions. Klopp described him as a “machine” and a “global team”.

The 30-year-old initially wanted to announce his future after the Champions League but decided to oppose it after losing to Real Madrid.

His ideas had already been made. Sources close to the player say Bayern’s move to become their senior – and the feeling he was unimportant at Liverpool – convinced him it was time to change.

Mane, who scored a hat-trick against Benin and a late victory over Rwanda this week, has demanded that he not be out of touch with the media when he left the country.

He is keen to leave Anfield in a friendly manner and does not want to discredit his fans who have been showing him well for the past six years. He hoped that by now the alliance between the clubs would have been mutually exclusive.

Liverpool have insisted from Paris that Mane should only be allowed to leave if he has a replacement and Nunez appeared to be the target.

The Uruguayan striker was the highlight of last season and impressed Klopp and his coaches in the Champions League final with Benfica as he scored both legs.

Liverpool believe his speed, strength and stamina make him a good fit for Klopp and he prefers a 22-year-old midfielder to play in the center and left-back. Nunez scored 34 goals in 41 games in all competitions in 2021-22, plus six goals in the Champions League.

The initial negotiations between the clubs were positive with Benfica demanding € 100 million (£ 85 million). This could include Liverpool breaking their £ 75 million transfer record when they signed Virgil van Dijk from Southampton in 2018, but it did not stop them.

There has also been a lot of interest in Nunez from Atletico Madrid and Manchester United, but the player’s favorite is to move to Anfield and there is a lot of confidence that a deal will be made.

Liverpool’s attack also needs new encouragement because, as well as Mane’s condition, Divock Origi has moved to AC Milan and Takumi Minamino has to go in search of first-team football.

There is also uncertainty about the future of Mohamed Salah, and The Athletic recently revealed that his stand-off contract is about to be terminated. The Egyptian will stay for the period 2022-2023 and leave for free tomorrow summer unless he has the best of luck.

Minamino has been told he could leave in the coming days if the team’s demand for £ 17 million is met. This could be a huge benefit from the £ 7.25 million he paid Red Bull Salzburg for the Japanese player in January 2020. Leeds United, Southampton, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Monaco all signed up for interest with the Minamino assistant after being given permission to negotiate with the seekers. possible to move.

In addition to selling Mane and Minamino, Liverpool should also strengthen their kitty by removing Nat Phillips, Neco Williams and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Liverpool want Naby Keita and Joe Gomez both to sign new contracts and spend £ 4 million on Aberdeen right-back Calvin Ramsay, who could replace Trent Alexander-Arnold.

However the most important thing here is to bring in the best attacker and get the best Mane fines.

Nunez is represented by the same Gestifute organization as Liverpool Liverpool Fabinho and Diogo Jota, and the relationship is good. Ward also has a number of nets in Portugal who have worked for the national team under Carlos Queiroz and later as the Liverpool scouting manager in the area.

Losing Mane is easy, but can be facilitated by the arrival of a fun person like Nunez. A fast and careful move to earn big money can also be a sign that the team leader has changed but the attitudes and actions that have brought about such success have not changed.

(Top photo: Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA / Getty Images)

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