Why would Mane be so important to Bayern Munich?

The 30-year-old, who savoured Africa Cup of Nations glory with his country earlier this year and has entered the debate regarding potential Ballon d’Or winners in 2022, has achieved just about everything at Liverpool.

He is now mulling over whether or not to take on a new challenge, with Matthaus eager to point out that Bayern needs players of his pedigree amid the speculation linking Lewandowski with Barcelona.

The former Bayern captain has said when asked if Mane will end up at the Allianz Arena: “I hope so. He’s a big name in football and he has shown it for Senegal and Liverpool. He has a lot of speed and can score goals.

“The Bundesliga lost Haaland and we might lose Lewandowski. We need big faces for the logo and brand of Bundesliga.

“And we will be happy if he signs for Bayern. I am an ex-Bayern player. It will be good for Bayern and Bundesliga.”