According to reports, Liverpool will need to shell out £40 million to sign Sadio Mané from Southampton.
It has been reported for the last few weeks that Jürgen Klopp’s alternative to signing Mario Götze is the purchase of Senegal and Southampton forward, Sadio Mané. The latest in the story is he is being valued at £40 million.
The Mirror is reporting that Southampton are not happy to lose their star player. According to Whoscored.com, last season Mané scored 18 goals and provided 6 assists in all competitions. He had several outstanding performances, including sparking the 3-2 comeback against Liverpool and his hatrick performance against Manchester City.
While it may seem highly impressive that he scored a hattrick against City, it must be mentioned that his brilliance comes in fits and bursts. Liverpool should not fork out £40 million when it is undeniable there are superior players available for less.
It hurts quite a bit that Mané would cost £15 million more than what Liverpool could’ve signed Mario Götze for. It is useless harping on about a player that won’t sign for the club so, instead I will go on about a player who shouldn’t.
When discussing the potential transfer of Mané to Liverpool, the common consensus is that he has the quality but that he would cost the club far too much. This was when he was rumoured to be available for £25 million. Anything more than that is daylight robbery.
While most people, myself included, don’t think the fee is justified – our very own manger would appear to have a very different opinion on the price tag of players which may change the picture slightly. Klopp spoke to the Liverpool Echo on what transfers should be all about:
“Hopefully we will never talk about the money around signings.
“Not because it’s not a big number or something but because if we take a player it’s because we believe he fits what we need, not because he’s expensive or he’s cheap.
“Our owners are completely behind that and it’s really cool.”
With that in mind, it may mean he wouldn’t be adverse to paying a huge sum for a player that he thinks would suit his playing style. I believe that Mané would be a great signing for Klopp. His direct play and aggression fueled by his pace and strength would make him a perfect addition to Liverpool’s attacking line. It’s a question of the transfer fee which is a complication.
Klopp and FSG are both preferable to signing young players with potential and developing them. It is a cheaper option with a higher return when sold in the future. You only need to compare the transfers of Raheem Sterling and Christian Benteke to find proof of this.
For this reason I think it is unlikely that Liverpool will make any further moves for Mané. He is also reported as asking for £125,000 a-week wages which is quite extreme. Seeing is believing as far as this one is concerned,