Senegal international Sadio Mane has reportedly overtaken a French fourth-tier side Bourges Foot 18.
The 31-year-old has been considering a move into club ownership for some time. Mane contributed funds to the Championnat National 2 outfit in last summer’s transfer window to help them improve their squad.
And on Wednesday afternoon, Mane’s takeover was officially announced at a press conference in Bourges’ town hall.
“I confirm the official arrival of Sadio Mané as a partner of Bourges Foot 18”, said Bourges mayor Yann Galut as Mane tuned in via video call. “I would like to send him my warmest greetings. It is an official arrival in the presence of Cheikh Sylla, president of the club.
“Sadio Mane has humanist values, he is close, and he wants to have a social project.”
It is believed the winger’s relationship with Bourges Foot 18 president Cheikh Sylla played a major role in his decision to invest at the Stade Jacques Rimbault.
Mane will now have a significant influence on the club’s operations.
The forward spent six years at Liverpool during his peak, scoring 120 goals in 269 games and winning every available trophy.
The former Liverpool forward, who joined Saudi Pro League side Al Nassr in the summer following a spell with Bayern Munich, is said to be earning more than £650,000-a-week in the Middle East.