Conflicting reports shed light on Liverpool, Real Madrid Mane mega deal

Date published: Monday 23rd December 2019 2:29

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Real Madrid have set their sights on a hugely ambitious capture of Liverpool superstar Sadio Mane, according to a report.

Mane has become one of the world’s premier attacking footballers under the tutelage of Jurgen Klopp, culminating in a fourth-place finish in the recent Ballon d’Or awards.

The forward has gone from strength to strength with each season at Anfield, increasing his goals tally year on year with that trend set to continue once more in the current campaign.

The Senegal star has three-and-a-half years remaining on his current Reds deal, but that has not stopped Spanish powerhouse Real Madrid from identifying the 27-year-old as a key capture in next year’s summer transfer window.

According to online publication SportsMole (which cites Spanish reports), Los Blancos are ‘desperate to sign Sadio Mane’, with the goal machine becoming one of their ‘priority transfer targets’.

Real Madrid are not short of options in the attacking third at present, but another goalless performance in the 0-0 stalemate with Athletic Bilbao at the weekend has heightened tensions at the club.

Despite boasting a plethora of outstanding forwards the likes of Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale, Isco, Luka Jovic, Eden Hazard, Vincius Jr. and Rodrygo, the men from the Spanish capital have scored a whopping 14 fewer goals than bitter rivals Barcelona in LaLiga this campaign.

Despite this, however, Madrid head honcho Zinedine Zidane spoke emphatically when asked whether Real would be looking to add another striker soon.

Speaking after the 0-0 with Bilbao, the French legend said (via Goal.com): “No. Absolutely not, I don’t see the need to sign a striker.”

“I’m annoyed by this,” Zidane said. “My players have left everything on the pitch. “I’m looking at the positives and the good thing is that we’re doing well. Three points from nine [available in the last three games] isn’t much.

“We created so many chances… we’re going to continue; it’s going to go in [eventually]. Now it’s not going in, but we can’t let our heads drop. We have to think that it’s been a very good year.

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“We’re ending a bit flat but we’re looking forward to starting 2020. I don’t think [the lack of goals] is a problem, but everyone has their own opinion. We’re calm. What we’ve done in the last four or five months was good.”

A move for Mane therefore appears unlikely, with Klopp and Liverpool strongly expected to do everything they possibly can to retain the services of the forward.

Meanwhile, Jurgen Klopp name-checked PSG megastar Kylian Mbappe when describing why Liverpool currently have a lack of French talent.

 

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