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Six players Bayern Munich signed from English clubs amid Sadio Mane interest

Bayern Munich have identified Liverpool forward Sadio Mane as a summer transfer target, according to Sky Germany.

The African Cup of Nations winner’s contract on Merseyside expires next year but The Mirror report that the Reds have begun talks over a contract extension with the former Southampton man.

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Despite winning the Bundesliga for a tenth consecutive season, Julian Nagelsmann fell to Villarreal in the quarter-final stage of the Champions League and was hammered 5-0 at Gladbach in the second round of the DFB-Pokal, in his first season in charge at the Allianz Arena.

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The Bavarian giants look to have identified the 30-year-old Senegal international to bolster their forward line.

With Bayern interested in luring Mane to Germany, we take a look at six players Die Schwarzgelben signed from English clubs over the years…

Omar Richards

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The former Reading left-back, who joined the Royals’ academy in 2014, joined the Bavarians as a free agent last summer after making 106 appearances for the Berkshire-based club.

Signed to provide competition for Alphonso Davies, Richards made 16 first team appearances in his maiden campaign in Germany.

Hoping to follow in the footsteps of Jadon Sancho and Jude Bellingham, and take the Bundesliga by storm, the 24-year-old will be targeting further game time next season.

Jerome Boateng

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After signing for Manchester City from Hamburg in 2010, the World Cup winner only spent one season at the Etihad before signing for Bayern Munich.

His time in Manchester was disrupted by injury and he made 24 appearances under Roberto Mancini but the majority of those came at right-back, but Boateng wanted to play at centre-halve.

Boateng spent 10 years at the Allianz Arena where he won 25 trophies, including two Champions League’s and nine Bundesliga’s.

Following 363 appearances with Bayern Munich, the 33-year-old joined Lyon as a free agent last summer.

Pepe Reina

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Following Brendan Rodgers’ decision to make new arrival Simon Mignolet his Liverpool number one, Reina knew his time on Merseyside was up.

The 39-year-old, who continues to play at a high level with Serie A giants Lazio, joined Bayern Munich in August 2014 on a three-year deal, but after one season at the club which brought just three Bundesliga appearances, the Spaniard joined Napoli the following summer.

The World Cup winner was never going to oust Manuel Neuer as the club’s number one and he wanted to get back playing regular first team football.

Leroy Sane

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The German winger joined Bayern Munich from Manchester City in a deal that could rise to £54.8m in July 2020.

Sane joined the Citizens from Schalke in 2016 for £37m and won two Premier League titles, the FA Cup and two League Cups.

In 135 appearances for the Premier League leaders, the German international scored 39 goals and made 45 assists.

After completing his second season in Munich, the 26-year-old has 24 goals and 27 assists from 88 matches.

Jamal Musiala

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Despite coming through the Chelsea Academy, Musiala was signed by Bayern Munich in 2019 and has since committed his international allegiance to Germany after being born in Stuttgart despite featuring for England’s Under-21s.

The teenager has already made 77 appearances for the Bayern Munich first team and has scored 15 goals and provided seven assists from those matches.

The 19-year-old wonderkid made 39 appearances this season, 17 of which were starts.

Dale Jennings

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Certainly the surprise package on this list, Jennings was only 18 when the German giants signed him from Tranmere Rovers for an undisclosed fee in 2011.

He played 36 times for Bayern’s reserves but did not make a first-team appearance and returned to English football with Barnsley two years later.

At the age of 29, the winger is currently playing for non-league side Prescot Cables.

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