SADIO MANE has reportedly reached a full verbal agreement to join Bayern Munich.
But Liverpool are yet to accept a suitable bid from the German champions.
Fabrizio Romano claims Mane’s move to Bayern is closer than ever before.
That’s because the Senegal star has struck terms on a lucrative three-year contract.
Mane has made it clear to Liverpool that he wants to quit the club this summer.
And Jurgen Klopp has already moved to ensure he has a replacement after spending a potential club record £85million on Benfica’s Darwin Nunez
However, Bayern are yet to meet Liverpool’s asking price for Mane, reportedly around £42m.
They have already failed with two offers for the forward.
And it’s reckoned Bayern’s next bid will be £35m, which they believe will be enough to land 30-year-old Mane – who is in the final year of his Anfield contract.
Mane is now pushing hard to complete his Bavarian move as soon as possible.
And he has received the backing of his international boss Aliou Cisse, who reckons Bayern is the best club for Mane’s immediate needs.
Cisse said: “It’s not just Sadio, I’m going to talk about it for all those players who are in a situation where they have to find a club. It’s complicated.
“Why? Because it is all this problem that awaits us for the World Cup which is in November.
“And I tell my boys to try to settle the contract problems so that when their respective championships resume, they will have already found a base. I heard about Sadio at Bayern.
“Bayern is intensity, pressure football with a German coach. Sadio played in Salzburg in Austria which is a border country, and that means he is not going into unknown territory.
“For me, the club where he will feel the best is Bayern.”