Sadio Mane ‘open’ to Barcelona switch?

José Díaz

With Lionel Messi possibly on his way out of the Blaugrana, Ronald Koeman has identified Sadio Mane as his replacement.

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By José Díaz Navarro (@cheduardo99)

According to Mundo Deportivo, a Spanish newspaper, not only are Barcelona chiefs interested in Sadio Mane, but the player himself seems open to the idea of a move away from Anfield.

The Senegalese attacker is said to have a strong relationship with Jurgen Klopp but has grown tired and frustrated by how ‘underappreciated’ he is (I know, crazy right).

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While Mane was arguably more crucial to the team last season than the likes of Bobby Firmino and Mohamed Salah, he feels that both men (undeservedly) receive more praise than he does no matter how hard he works or how much commitment he shows – on and off the pitch – says the Spanish outlet.

It has been reported that the Reds would demand a fee of somewhere in the region of £107million for the 28-year-old. Liverpool were looking to tie the forward down to a new contract that would see the player stay on Merseyside until 2025, but if reports are true and he wishes to leave then now might be the best time to sell.

Something else that might be playing on Mane’s mind is the fact that he was left very angered after Liverpool blocked a transfer offer to Real Madrid last summer, according to Spanish outlet Sport.

Having admired Ronaldinho since his youth, Mane sees this as an ideal time to test himself in the Spanish league whilst working under his former coach.

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But if reports are to be believed, his price-tag is indeed exponential. And would Barca be able to afford such a sum of money? Well, probably not, having splashed out heavily on Antoine Griezmann and Philippe Coutinho in recent years. With Ronald Koeman looking to offload some of the so-called ‘deadwood’, he’ll have to move fast if he wants to be able to afford the Senegalese this summer.

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