Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has revealed the club narrowly missed out on the chance to sign current Liverpool superstar Sadio Mane, just before his arrival in English football.
The winger wound up in the Premier League back in 2014 after Southampton paid RB Salzburg a reported fee of £10 million (BBC Sport).
Mane spent two seasons with the Saints, impressing enough to convince Liverpool to part with £34 million to sign him in the summer of 2016 (BBC Sport).
Over three years later, Mane has developed into one of the world’s best players under Jurgen Klopp, and is a Champions League and UEFA Super Cup winner.
But his move to English football and, ultimately, Liverpool might never have happened had Bayern managed to get their way.
In an interview with Bild, Rummenigge said: “We had an interest in Mane, but somehow it didn’t work out.
“He then went to Southampton and later Liverpool. A shame.”
TBR’s view – Bayern’s loss is Liverpool’s gain
Bayern must be kicking themselves they couldn’t get a deal done for Mane.
To see him flourishing now must sting for the Bavarian giants and Rummenigge in particular.
There’s no telling if, had he moved to Bayern back then, he would have become the same player as he is now, but it will no doubt be difficult for them to deem him anything but ‘the one that got away’.