Mane has less than 18 months remaining on his current contract. His contract situation at Anfield has attracted Bayern Munich over a possible transfer this summer.
McManaman stated that taking Sadio Mane out of Liverpool would cost a lot of money for any party wanting to sign him. According to Transfermarkt, the Senegalese forward is currently valued at €80 million.
In his column for HorseRacing.net, the 50-year-old wrote the following:
“For me personally, I’m not worried about this move coming to fruition. Teams should be interested in the likes of Sadio Mané and Mohamed Salah because they’re playing really well and you’re talking about players who could be up for the Ballon d’Or come the end of the year, so I expect there to be interest from other clubs. I think getting Sadio Mané out of Liverpool this summer is nigh on impossible unless they pay a lot of money, so I’m not too worried to be honest."
He also believes that Bayern Munich's situation regarding buying a new forward will depend on whether they let Robert Lewandowski leave this summer. The Polish striker is reportedly wanted by Chelsea and Barcelona. On this, McManaman wrote:
"I’d be interested to see if Robert Lewandowski is allowed to go as Bayern Munich notoriously have never been open to the prospect of him leaving and he still has a year to go on his contract, so Bayern may decide to keep him until his contract is up. Every year Robert Lewandowski is threatening to leave Bayern Munich and they never let him leave.
"We will wait and see whether they let him go this year at 33 years of age and whether they’re looking to bring Sadio Mané in as his replacement for an absolute fortune. I think it will be very difficult.”
Sadio Mane has had a stellar season for Liverpool and Senegal
Sadio Mane has been instrumental behind the success of Liverpool and his national side Senegal this season. The 30-year-old forward guided his country to the Africa Cup of Nations title earlier this year.
Mane has also been crucial to Liverpool's success this season under Jurgen Klopp. The former Southampton forward has scored 22 goals and provided five assists in 49 appearances for the Reds across all competitions.
Sadio Mane has already lifted the Carabao Cup and the FA Cup this season with Liverpool, who are also in the UEFA Champions League final. His impressive season for club and country has made him one of the favorites for the 2022 Ballon d'Or.