‘Bullying in Bamun, EPL turned a blind eye’; Mane urgently pushes for amnesty, trip to Saudi Arabia
Sadio Mane, 31, the once-dominant striker of the English Premier League (EPL), has gone from being the “ugly duckling” of the league to the “ugly duckling” of the world in a year.
He’s a “bully” at Bayern Munich, on the transfer list, and shunned by the EPL he once dominated. Backed into a corner, Mane has only one option left. A move to the Saudi Arabian league, which has recently been attracting big-name players with oil money.키톤벳
Mane is urgently seeking a move to Saudi Arabia. After receiving his request, his agent flew to Japan. His agent traveled to Japan to make contact with Saudi club Al Nasr, who are currently in pre-season in Japan.
The English outlet Catch Offside reported on July 25 that “Mane is in talks with Al Nasr to make a concrete offer. The report was based on comments made by European transfer market expert Fabrizio Romano. ‘Mane’s agent, Bjorn Bezemer, will be traveling to Japan this week to conduct detailed negotiations with Al Nasr,’ Romano said on social media, adding that ‘Mane authorized the transfer last week.
This means that Mane himself has asked his agent to negotiate with Al Nasr. Al Nasr are currently in Japan for their preseason. On May 25, they played a friendly against Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), where Lee Kang-In is a member, at the Nagai Stadium in Osaka, Japan. Despite the presence of Cristiano Ronaldo, the match ended in a 0-0 draw due to a lackluster offensive performance. Mane and his agent are likely to appeal to his goalscoring prowess.
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Just a year ago, Mane was one of Europe’s top strikers. After six years as Liverpool’s signature striker in the EPL, Mane joined Bayern Munich in the summer transfer window last year. At the time of his arrival, he was touted as the best option to fill the void left by Robert Lewandowski’s departure to Barcelona.
But after just one season, Mane was labeled a “Munich disaster”. It wasn’t a matter of talent. He adapted relatively well to the unfamiliar Bundesliga. In 21 games last season, he had a respectable 11 goals and 4 assists. The real problem was injuries and teammate discord.
It started with a fractured calf bone in November. After three months of rehabilitation, Mane became impatient. His performance was slow to pick up and he was easily irritated. In April, he became violent in the locker room after an altercation with teammate Leroy Sane during a game. The incident effectively made Mane a bully in Munich. The club labeled the broken player as a candidate for release. Head coach Thomas Tuchel has also excluded him from next season’s squad.
In this situation, Mane even pushed for a return to the EPL. However, the EPL hasn’t shown much interest in him either. As a last resort, Mane considered joining Al Nasr. Saudi Arabian league clubs, including Al Nasr, have been trying to attract big-name players lately. Mane seems to have capitalized on this.