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Report: Real Madrid make contact with Liverpool over Sadio Mane

Real Madrid have reportedly made contact with Liverpool regarding the availability of Sadio Mane according to the Daily Mirror following reports from Le10 Sport.

Mane, 27, has developed into one of the deadliest forwards in world football since his £34 million move to Anfield in 2016.

The Senegal international is the Reds’ top-scorer this season with 15 goals as the European champions look to claim a first league title since 1990.

Madrid are expected to lose both Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez in the next few months and want a player ready-made and proven in Europe. Mane has started in both of the previous two Champions League finals and also scored against the competition’s record-holders in the 2018 final.

According to the French outlet, Zidane will be willing to offer Liverpool Karim Benzema to sweeten the deal for Ballon d’Or nominee Mane.

The report also mentions rumours of Los Blancos coach Zidane already personally engaging with the former Southampton winger to convince him to trade England for Spain.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 29: Sadio Mane of Liverpool in action during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Anfield on December 29, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Visionhaus)

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What RTK has to say

One of the more ludicrous reports in recent weeks following Liverpool’s all-but perfect December campaign.

Jurgen Klopp’s team won eight of their nine matches during the Christmas period – their only defeat coming against Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup.

Not only would it be difficult enough persuading Mane to part company with arguably the best team currently in world football but the fee to capture the player would be of a gargantuan amount.

Madrid may still be one of the most attractive destinations in club football, but Liverpool have emerged as a different beast since Jurgen Klopp arrived in 2015.

The Reds followed up their Champions League success in the Spanish capital by adding the UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup to the trophy cabinet. Liverpool are also currently 10 points clear at the top of the Premier League and with two games in hand.

Mane has been Liverpool’s most consistent performer throughout the course of the 2019/20 season. He has 15 goals and 11 assists in 27 matches and the idea of Liverpool letting history repeat itself by allowing one of their most prized assets leave the club would seem utterly bemusing.

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