Bayern Munich ‘to try everything’ to sell Sadio Mane this summer after Leroy Sane altercation
Bayern Munich handed Sadio Mane a huge fine and are now keen to sell him this summer after he punched team-mate Leroy Sane during a furious confrontation last week, according to reports.
Things became heated between the pair after the German side’s 3-0 defeat at Manchester City on Tuesday, and Mane lashed out at Sane in the dressing roomforcing other members of the squad to step in.
Sane was left with a bruised lip following the incident, while Mane was dropped from the squad for Bayern’s Bundesliga match with Hoffenheim on Saturday and docked some of his £17m-a-year wages.
The size of the punishment has now been revealed, with Bayern handing out the highest fine in their history.
‘According to our information, it is an amount that goes far beyond €300,000 (£260,000), so it’s a very, very sensitive fine for Mane,’ Bayern expert Florian Plettenberg told Sky Germany.
Mane missed Bayern’s 1-1 draw at home to Hoffenheim, and Thomas Tuchel has now won just two of his first five matches since replacing Julian Nagelsmann last month.
The former Chelsea boss has confirmed Mane will be back in contention for Bayern’s return match with City on Wednesday as they look to pull off a dramatic comeback to progress to the semi-finals.
Pep Guardiola has suggested the clash between Mane and Sane could galvanise Bayern and give them an extra edge, but the Senegalese forward only started the first leg on the bench and it appears Tuchel is not a fan of the ex-Liverpool star.
Mane is far from certain to start in Munich, and his days at Bayern could be numbered less than a year after he joined the club, with Plettenberg claiming the Bundesliga giants are ready to sell him already.
‘From what I’m hearing, Bayern will try everything to offload Sadio Mane in the summer,’ he said.
‘From a sporting point of view, Thomas Tuchel has no plans with Mane as he doesn’t fit his system. This is my information. The player is seen very critically internally.’
Mane’s first year in Germany has been little short of a disaster after a promising start that saw him score on his Bundesliga debut.
The 31-year-old has been shifted between playing up front and on the left wing without making either spot in the side his own, and he was cruelly ruled out of the World Cup at the end of last year after injuring his right fibula.
Since making his comeback, he has failed to find the net for Bayern and has been consistently benched for big games, including the disappointing loss at City.
Time is now running out for him to prove that he has a future at Bayern, with the team having just six more league games and on the brink of exiting the Champions League at the quarter-final stage for the second successive season.
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