Barcelona sets bid for Sadio Mané

Sadio Mane is open to a move to Barcelona after wanting more than what his role at Liverpool currently offers, according to reports in Spain.

The Senegal international has become a fundamental figure at Anfield having helped the club win the Premier League and Champions League in the last two seasons by forming a devastating front three with Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino.

However, Mundo Deportivo now claim that he is willing to link up with his former boss at Southampton, Ronald Koeman, at the Catalan giants after feeling his pursuit of individual honours at Anfield cannot be fulfilled.

Koeman and Mane spent two years together at St Mary’s, where the Dutchman helped mentor the striker who went on to score 25 goals in 75 games before earning his move to Liverpool.

The report states that Mane accepts he has won the respect of people having won trophies in England, but feels that he is not being given the individual respect he deserves after helping his side to their maiden Premier League title with his 18 league goals last season.

The Spanish outlet also adds that Mane feels that no matter how hard he works or how much commitment he shows, he believes the reward always goes to team-mate Salah or captain Jordan Henderson.

The report also adds that while Mane’s maintains a good relationship with Reds boss Jurgen Klopp, it is not what it once was and is another factor in his decision to be open to a move to Barcelona, regardless of whether Lionel Messi stays or not.

Mane also reportedly sees this period as an excellent time to test himself in LaLiga as Barcelona’s transitional stage begins under Dutchman Koeman, having admired the club since the days of Ronaldinho.

However, the report acknowledges that Barcelona would have to pay £107m (€120m) to sign Mane, which is an amount they cannot afford having splashed out heavily on the likes of Ousmane Dembele, Antoine Griezmann and Philippe Coutinho in recent years.

Barcelona are keen to add a centre-forward to their ranks however with Koeman informing Luis Suarez in no uncertain terms that he is free to leave Barcelona this summer.

The Catalan giants have also been linked with a move for Lyon star, Memphis Depay, who admitted he could be open to leaving after the Ligue 1 side’s failure to qualify for the Champions League.


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