With Manchester United interested in Southampton’s Sadio Mane, his manager is adamant he’s going nowhere.
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Speaking after Southampton’s 1-1 draw with FC Midtjylland in their Europa League playoff first leg on Thursday, Koeman was asked about United’s apparent interest in Mane.
The Senegalese winger, 23, has been linked with a move to United after scoring 10 goals in 32 games last season — including that electric hat trick in under three minutes, the fastest in PL history — and impressing with his pace and direct style of play.
Here’s what Koeman had to say to reporters about the possibility of Saints selling one of their star players.
“We’re not selling any more players. Write what you want to about the rumors until 1 September, nobody is going to leave Southampton. The situation is so easy and we have to deal with it,” Koeman said. “I don’t like it as maybe players are thinking they’re not fully focused on what they have to do. There’s no bid for any player. Not for Sadio Mane, not for Victor Wanyama.”
“We have to deal with rumors among the press. There’s no bid for any player and no contact from any club,” Koeman added.
So, that appears to be that. Right?
Koeman is very believable, an honest manager who tells it like it is and we have no reason to not believe him in this instance. Southampton have already sold Nathaniel Clyne and Morgan Schneiderlin to Liverpool and Manchester United respectively this summer, and they do not need to sell anybody for financial reasons as they’re backed by the billionaire Liebherr family. However, with so many players leaving Saints for the perennial giants of the Premier League in the past, is it so inconceivable to believe that Mane won’t leave if United come in with a huge bid before the transfer deadline on Sept. 1?
Given their history of selling players and the club confirming United’s interest, it will be a worry for Saints fans.