Bayern Munich: Sadio Mane signing is big boost for Hasan Salihamidzic

Hasan Salihamidzic (far Righth) will be one of the big winners from Sadio Mane's arrival at Bayern Munich. (Photo by CHRISTOF STACHE / AFP) (Photo by CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP via Getty Images)
Hasan Salihamidzic (far Righth) will be one of the big winners from Sadio Mane's arrival at Bayern Munich. (Photo by CHRISTOF STACHE / AFP) (Photo by CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP via Getty Images) /

The attack of Bayern Munich has been significantly strengthened this week by the signing of Sadio Mane from Liverpool. The 30-year-old forward was unveiled as Die Roten’s latest summer signing on Tuesday at Allianz Arena. Mane has signed a three-year deal with the German Champions.

Mane has been one of the standout forwards in the Premier League over the past few seasons. He will be providing good tactical flexibility to Julian Nagelsmann as he can play anywhere across the front three. The Senegalese forward enjoyed success in various positions for Liverpool over the last few seasons.

Along with improving the team, Mane’s arrival is a significant boost for Hasan Salihamidzic. The former Bayern midfielder has endured mixed fortune as Bayern’s Sporting Director since returning to the club in 2017. The last couple of summer transfer windows has been poor, which has eventually led to stern criticism of Salihamidzic.

At the end of last season, Salihamidzic was jeered by the Bavarian faithful. However, the early signing of Mane has certainly calmed fans down. Salihamidzic was recently cheered by fans in Munich when he returned from England after negotiating the transfer of Mane.

Along with Mane’s arrival, Salihamidzic has done really well to tie down the signings of Noussair Mazraoui and Ryan Gravenberch from Ajax. The early signings will certainly give Julian Nagelsmann time to integrate them during the pre-season. The last couple of summer windows have seen crucial transfer business done at the end of the transfer window.

Getting quality players quickly will increase Salihamidizic’s chances of getting a contract extension. His current deal with Die Roten is set to expire in 2023. The other crucial members of the board have publicly backed Salihamidzic despite staunch criticism from fans. He is likely to get support from them when there are discussions for contract renewal. The support from fans will also further strengthen the possibility of a contract extension from Salihamidzic.

The new arrivals have generated a lot of excitement amongst Bayern fans. Salihamidzic’s positive handling of the transfer saga involving Robert Lewandowski will surely earn him more backing from the fans and club. For now, he has reiterated on numerous occasions that Lewandowski will be playing in the Bavarian colours. The Polish striker is pushing for a transfer to Barcelona.

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It is crucial for Die Roten to find a positive conclusion to the Lewandowski saga. The only way his departure can be compensated is by getting a guaranteed goalscorer. The current transfer market is very difficult for quality strikers, so Salihamidzic has a big challenge on his hand in the next few weeks. He has enjoyed a very good summer until now, but the rest of the summer transfer window remains crucial for him and Die Roten.