Sadio Mane remembers being in sheer disbelief when he won the Champions League with Liverpool in 2019.
Mane and co went up against Tottenham in the final of the competition that year and won comfortably, beating their Premier League rivals 2-0.
While they entered the match as favourites, the 30-year-old says he couldn’t believe it when Divock Origi scored their second goal to seal the victory and still remembers the night vividly.
“I remember the second goal that Divock Origi scored very well. I was over the moon at that moment. I couldn’t believe it. I just thought back to my childhood, when I was watching the Champions League,” he told UEFA.com.
“I also took a lot of pleasure in watching the excitement surrounding the competition. I found myself playing a final and, more importantly, winning it. It was amazing – 2019 was an outstanding year. The celebrations, the club…
“You just had to be there to understand. I think over half a million people were out in the streets waiting for us to parade our trophy. It was just beautiful.”
After spending three more years at Anfield, Mane left for Bayern Munich this summer but says his former club will always hold a special place in his heart.
“Honestly, I will never forget my time there. I learned a lot – as a man and as a football player,” he stated.
“The supporters were amazing, the people from the city were amazing. It is a club that will stay in my heart forever.
“It is also a legendary club – they have won everything. And also, it is the club that had all the best Champions League nights.”
Bayern Munich confident over deal to sign midfield target
Bayern Munich believe they have finalised an agreement to take Konrad Laimer to the Allianz Arena, sources have told 90min.
Bayern made a summer bid for RB Leipzig’s star midfielder, who is in the final year of his contract, but could not agree terms and they instead landed Ajax’s Ryan Gravenberch.
Laimer has since emerged as a target for Liverpool who were considering a move for him in the New Year, but the Premier League side have now learned from representatives around the deal that the player does indeed want to move to Munich.
The 25-year-old Austrian, who has just recovered from a knee injury, was annoyed at the summer move to Bayern collapsing, but he knew the issue was on both sides and did not hold that against the Bundesliga champions.
90min has been told that the interest from England over the past 12 months, firstly from Manchester United and then Liverpool, had turned his head but his heart was always set on a move to Bayern.
Now Bayern believe terms are agreed and they will seal his signature on a pre-contract, which would in theory see him moving to Munich on a five-year deal in the summer.
However, Bayern do have an interest in taking Laimer in January, but that would need Leipzig’s agreement.
Borussia Dortmund facing battle to keep hold of Youssoufa Moukoko
A growing number of clubs believe that Borussia Dortmund striker Youssoufa Moukoko is ready to leave the club at the end of the season, sources have confirmed to 90min.
The 18-year-old, who is at the World Cup finals with Germany, is not yet a first-team regular for Dortmund but has emerged as one of the most feared young strikers in Europe.
Moukoko. who is out of contract at the end of the season, has publicly stated that a decision will be made about his future soon, but sources close to the club and player have told 90min that he’s yet to finalise his plans.
Dortmund remain hopeful that Moukoko will commit to the club long-term deal – even though talks over a new contract have been going on for the best part of a year – but a host of top teams from around Europe are keeping an eye on his situation, hopeful that they can lure him away.
Cameroon-born Moukoko has scored six goals and contributed three assists in eight Bundesliga starts this season – comfortably his best return since breaking into the Dortmund team. The club believe he is enjoying working for head coach Eden Terzic, and hope his presence can be the deciding factor in whether he signs a new contract.
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But Dortmund are acutely aware of the growing interest from elsewhere, most notably from bitter rivals Bayern Munich. The Bavarian giants have made it clear to Moukoko that he’d be welcome at the Allianz Arena, potentially following in the footsteps of a host of big-name stars – most notably Robert Lewandowski.
For the first time, though, other rivals from around Europe believe there’s a genuine chance Moukoko could leave. Manchester United and Liverpool have both been watching him closely, but sources close to Dortmund have told 90min that Barcelona could be the club that pose the biggest threat.
Moukoko is understood to have grown up as a Barcelona fan, and the Catalan giants are aware of his dream to one day play at the Camp Nou.
Ronaldo’s two suitors; Bayern lead Thuram race
Cristiano Ronaldo is on the hunt for a new club after agreeing to part ways with Manchester United immediately, and is currently weighing up two options – remaining in the Premier League with Newcastle United or heading to Saudi Arabia with Al-Nassr. (Marca)
However, other reports claim that Newcastle are not interested in signing Ronaldo, while the likes of Chelsea and Inter Miami are also backing away from a potential deal. (Telegraph)
One option Ronaldo does have on the table is with non-league side AFC Crewe, who are willing to pay him a club-record £35-a-week deal. (Daily Star)
While Ronaldo is not currently under consideration, Chelsea are close to completing a deal to sign Christopher Nkunku next summer. The RB Leipzig star was recently ruled out of France’s World Cup campaign through injury. (Telegraph)
Bayern Munich are ready to offer Marcus Thuram a €7m-a-season deal to sign for them, with the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham all considering a move. His contract with Borussia Monchengladbach expires at the end of the season. (Calcio Mercato)
England midfield duo Declan Rice and Jude Bellingham will be subjected to a transfer war between Real Madrid, Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City. (Telegraph)
Arsenal are considering whether to make a fresh move for Palmeiras midfielder Danilo in the January window. (The Sun)
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Aurelien Tchouameni has admitted that Liverpool made contact with him over the summer about a transfer, but once Real Madrid made an offer, his heart was set on moving to the Santiago Bernabeu. (Le Parisien)
Borussia Dortmund starlet Youssoufa Moukoko remains in talks to stay at the club beyond this season despite heavy links to Real Madrid, Barcelona and Liverpool. (Fabrizio Romano)
Moise Kean‘s loan at Juventus could be cut short with Newcastle ready to take him off of Everton’s hands on a permanent deal. (Calcio Mercato)
Memphis Depay has admitted he is uncertain about his Barcelona future. Manchester United and Tottenham have been linked with January moves for the out-of-favour Blaugrana forward. (Daily Mirror)
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