Liverpool to launch £30m bid for Sadio Mane – report

Date published: Wednesday 8th June 2016 9:02 - James Marshment

Sadio Mane: Southampton forward linked with Liverpool

Liverpool are reportedly hoping to cash in on the uncertainty at Southampton by launching a £30million bid for highly-rated forward Sadio Mane.

Klopp wants the pacy Southampton striker to be his main summer signing and is close to agreeing a fee, according to reports in The Sun.

With Saints boss Ronald Koeman on the brink of confirming his move from St Mary’s to Everton, Klopp is hoping to add to exodus to Merseyside by striking a deal for Mane, who is also wanted by a series of their rivals.

The Kop chief moved ahead of Manchester United in the race as new Old Trafford boss Jose Mourinho is not as convinced by Mane as his club’s scouts.

Liverpool are ready to pay around £25million plus extras for the Senegalese star who is keen to join.

And if Mane, 24, does arrive at Anfield, Klopp will be left with a massive array of firepower for next season.

The move would put fresh pressure on England striker Daniel Sturridge for a start – and also crank the heat up on the likes of Danny Ings.

However, Klopp is happy for them all to battle it out for game time, knowing Mane would be an exciting new option to fit perfectly with his plans to make Liverpool a force again.

Mane scored 15 goals in all competitions last season and would also give Klopp’s Reds more width in attack.

Southampton have already lost a number of players to Liverpool over the years including Adam Lallana, Nathaniel Clyne and Dejan Lovren, and Mane looks set to follow.

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