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Mane becomes the most expensive African player in history

NEW RED: Sadio Mane

LIVERPOOL HAVE signed Senegal forward Sadio Mane from Premier League rivals Southampton for £34m.

24-year-old Mane has joined the Anfield side on a five-year deal, becoming boss Jurgen Klopp’s third summer signing – following the arrivals of German goalkeeper Loris Karius and Cameroon defender Joel Matip.

The transfer establishes Mane as the most expensive African player in history, the fee surpassing Ivorian Wilfried Bony’s £28m move to Manchester City from Swansea in January 2015.

The powerful forward joins Anfield on the back of two campaigns with Southampton, where the player scored 25 goals in 75 appearances in all competitions.

Mane finished last season as the Saints’ leading goal scorer, his form helping his former club to their highest Premier League finish and to qualify for the Europa League.
The player also has 36 caps for Senegal and has ten goals to his name.

Mane’s deal could rise to £36m which would make him the Reds’ club-record signing, topping the £35m paid for Andy Carroll in 2011.

He told the club’s official website: “Today is a big day and I am very happy to sign for one of the biggest clubs in Europe.

“It’s a club that has won a lot of trophies and has a big history. “Now I am looking forward to meeting all the staff and my teammates and starting the season.”

Mane joins an elite cluster of African’s to sign for the Premier League’s top clubs. Ivorian Didier Drogba joined Chelsea for £24m in 2004, Ghanaian Michael Essien followed suit in 2005 for £24.4m; while Ivory Coast international, Yaya Toure, joined Manchester City in 2010 for £24m, five years before his international team-mate Bony’s arrival at the Etihad Stadium.

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