Sadio Mane entourage ‘offer’ Liverpool star to Barca as Lionel Messi replacement
Liverpool forward Sadio Mane’s entourage have “offered” the forward to Barcelona as a replacement for Lionel Messi.
The footballing world have been left reeling as the Argentine handed in a request to leave the Spanish giants by fax.
It has seen the Argentine heavily linked with a move to the Reds’ Premier League rivals Manchester City.
There has been little speculation, though, about players that could go the other way except for Gabriel Jesus as a sweetener.
But TMW [via Tuttomercato] have reported that the gap at Barcelona could be filled by Liverpool’s No.10.
Mane sent out his entourage to offer the 28-year-old to the Spanish giants – but would be looking for a £107m fee.
The Senegalese international won the Reds’s first-ever Premier League title in his fourth season at Anfield, scoring 22 goals and making 12 assists in the 2019/20 campaign.
But there has been concern at the club throughout the season that Mane would not extend his current deal, which keeps the forward at the club until 2023.
While keeping him at the club for three more years, Jurgen Klopp has been keen to tie the 28-year-old down – but he refused talks last September.
It comes as the manager admitted that his first impression of Mane wasn’t the best, though the former Borussia Dortmund manager was happy to have been proven wrong.
The Reds boss said: “I remember my first encounter with Sadio. It was in Dortmund.
“There was a really young guy sitting there. His baseball cap was askew, the blond streak he still has today.
“He looked like a rapper just starting out. I thought, ‘I don’t have time for this’. Our team back then really wasn’t bad.
“I needed someone who could handle not being a starter at the very beginning, someone I could develop.
“I’d say I have a pretty good feeling for people, but was I wrong! I followed his further career and continued success at Salzburg. In Southampton he just dominated.”
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