Sadio Mane is inching closer to a move to Liverpool.
Various reports across the British media claim that Mane, 24, could head to Anfield in a deal worth over $45 million.
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The Guardian reports that Southampton and Liverpool have been discussing a move for the Senegalese winger over the last few weeks and although Saints initially slapped a $60 million price tag on Mane’s head, it is believed they could sell for between $45-50 million.
That would represent a huge profit for Southampton, as they bought Mane from Red Bull Salzburg for $18 million in the summer of 2014 and also turned down a huge bid (believed to be over $40 million) from Manchester United last summer.
Mane is said to be keen on making the move to Liverpool but the Guardian claims no deal will be done in the coming days as he’s currently on vacation back in Senegal.
In two seasons at St Mary’s he’s scored 25 goals in 75 outings and he scored eight times in his final eight games for Southampton last season. Able to operate either centrally or out wide, Mane possesses blistering pace and he scored four times in three outings against Liverpool last season. So Jurgen Klopp and Liverool know all about him.
With Saints yet to name a replacement manager for Ronald Koeman (he left for Everton earlier this month) and losing Victor Wanyama to Tottenham Hotspur on Thursday for $16 million, Southampton’s fans will start to get a little nervous that another exodus is about to occur.
Of course, two summers ago when Mauricio Pochettino left as their manager to go to Spurs, star players such as Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert, Dejan Lovren (all to Liverpool), Luke Shaw and Calum Chambers also departed. With their first-ever Europa League group stage campaign coming up after finishing sixth last season in the Premier League, Saints will look to appoint a new man quickly and if they do sell Mane then most of that cash will go on new signings to bolster the squad this summer.
From Liverpool’s point of view, Mane is similar to what they already have but he provides more end product. With Adam Lallana, Jordon Ibe and Roberto Firmino able to operate in wide attacking areas, Mane has more pace and has consistently ripped PL defenses apart.