'I am very happy to sign for one of the biggest clubs in Europe' - Sadio Mane completes Liverpool move
Published 28/06/2016 | 12:07
Forward Sadio Mane has become Liverpool's third most expensive signing after the club confirmed he had completed his move from Southampton.
It is understood the Senegal international has signed a five-year contract after a £30million deal was finalised.
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That puts the 24-year-old behind only Andy Carroll (£35million) and Christian Benteke (£32.5m) in terms of the club's record signings.
The Senegal international, who scored 25 goals in 75 appearances for the Saints, is the fourth signing by manager Jurgen Klopp, who has already brought in centre-back Joel Matip, midfielder Marko Grujic and goalkeeper Loris Karius.
Mane will wear the number 19 shirt.
"Today is a big day and I am very happy to sign for one of the biggest clubs in Europe," said Mane.
"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."
The transfer fee is believed to be at least £30million, which makes Mane one of the top three most expensive signings in Liverpool's history.
Currently, the Reds' record transfer is the £35million paid to Newcastle for Andy Carroll in 2011, while Christian Benteke was a £32.5m signing from Aston Villa last summer.
Senegal international Mane, who scored 25 goals in 75 appearances for the Saints, becomes Jurgen Klopp's fourth signing, having already brought in centre-back Joel Matip, midfielder Marko Grujic and goalkeeper Loris Karius.
Liverpool's players who have not been involved in the European Championships are due to return for pre-season training on Saturday, with their first friendly the following Friday.