Liverpool: Sadio Mane's crazy transfer market evolution

Sadio Mane

The new season may nearly be upon us but the 2019/20 campaign is still fresh in the mind for Liverpool supporters.

They won the Premier League for the first time in 30 years and now weeks after the term ended, they’re still claiming awards.

Jurgen Klopp was named EA Sports’ Premier League Manager of the Season and now Sadio Mane has won the PFA Fans’ Player of the Year.

It’s been a remarkable 18 months for the Reds who more than deserve their awards.

Mane had to fight off a list of impressive names, beating Kevin De Bruyne and Liverpool teammate Trent Alexander-Arnold to the gong.

De Bruyne may have won the Premier League’s very own award, but there can be very few complaints about Mane.

His consistency since signing for Liverpool has been mightily impressive, winning the Golden Boot in 2018/19 and scoring 18 this season.

Sadio Mane

It’s been a meteoric rise from the winger who started his career in a Senegalese football academy. 

Spotted by French scouts, his journey has taken him throughout Europe to become one of the most dangerous players in world football.

Mane’s transfer value has also risen astronomically for someone who has been a bargain throughout his entire playing days so far. 

We’ve taken the fees that Transfermarkt have rated him at during his career, charting the Senegal international’s phenomenal rise.

Sadio Mane

Metz and Koulibaly – £225k

Kalidou Koulibaly is easily one of the most impressive central defenders on the planet and Mane has already played with him at Metz.

He moved to France in 2011 and aged 20, he immediately impressed in Ligue 2. Despite that, his team were relegated to the third tier of French football and a move was immediately on the cards for the forward. 

Mane scored twice in 23 appearances for Metz before earning a move to Austria.

Koulibaly at Napoli

Life at Red Bull – £1.8m

The attacker spent just two years in the Austrian Bundesliga with Red Bull Salzburg but he became a force to be reckoned with. 

Mane was ahead of the curve, starring for Salzburg years before Erling Haaland and Takumi Minamino even burst onto the scene. 

He scored 45 goals and registered 32 assists in just 87 appearances. His record in Austria was seriously impressive as he left Red Bull behind when he was valued at £6.75m.

Red Bull Salzburg - Mane

Southampton move – £9m 

It was hardly surprising that Mane eventually caught the eye of the Premier League. Joining Southampton aged 22 in 2014, he was certainly no household name. 

However, his stock started to rise and by the time the January 2016 winter window concluded, he was valued at £18m.

Mane netted 25 goals in 74 appearances for the Saints, which included one of the fastest hat-tricks in Premier League history.

He scored three times in 2 minutes and 56 seconds against Aston Villa to beat a record once held by Robbie Fowler.

It was no coincidence, however, that he then joined Fowler’s old club, Liverpool.

Mane at Southampton

Klopp signs him – £27m

Liverpool actually signed Mane for a price of £34m but according to Transfermarkt, that was above his transfer value.

Despite that, it proved to be a masterstroke of business from Michael Edwards and Jurgen Klopp.

After arriving at Anfield in 2016/17, he found the back of the net 13 times. He also created eight goals for his teammates in a seriously impressive debut campaign.

His value rose to £45m by the time October 2017 came around. Liverpool’s investment was already a good one.

Mane and Klopp

World-class talent – £135m

Mane has only got better since his debut term on Merseyside. He ended his second season at the club with 20 goals and nine assists in all competitions, a tally that saw his transfer value increase to a whopping £63m.

More improvement occurred in his third campaign at Anfield as Mane ended the 2018/19 campaign with 26 goals. He ran Premier League defences ragged as the Reds went onto win the Champions League.

It was his first piece of silverware since winning the Austrian Bundesliga in 2013/14. Consequently, his value soared past £100m for the first time in his career – being rated at £108m by Transfermarkt.

It increased by the time the winter of 2019 arrived as another stunning season saw his value reach a ceiling of £135m. Mane scored 22 goals but also created 12 assists as the Reds won the Premier League and the Club World Cup.

From playing football in Senegal and the lower reaches of France, the 28-year-old’s rise to stardom has been quite something. A footballing career like his should be treasured. 

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