ESPN pundit and former Liverpool star Steve Nicol has claimed that Liverpool selling Sadio Mane to Real Madrid could be compensated by the arrival of Timo Werner from RB Leipzig.
Werner, 24, has been persistently linked with a move to Anfield following a scintillating season in the Bundesliga. The German international has already clocked up 36 appearances this campaign and boasts an eye-watering 27 goals and 12 assists in that period.
The former Stuttgart striker would be a great addition to a Liverpool squad that is already littered in world-class talent. Sky Germany report that Werner has a buy-out clause in his contract of just £51m which is small change in the current market for a forward of the German’s calibre.
Former Anfield hero Nicol has claimed that the arrival of Werner could allow Mane to follow in the footsteps of Xabi Alonso, Alberto Arbeloa, Michael Owen and Steve McManaman by trading Merseyside for Madrid.
According to The Mirror, the Senegalese ace is Real’s top target this summer and is No.1 on Zinedine Zidane’s transfer wish-list.
“That’s only any good if you bring in Timo Werner,” Nicol said when asked about Mane’s potential departure for ESPN.
“Unfortunately, there aren’t many [players like Werner] around. What if Werner wants to go elsewhere?
“The way it’s being talked about is if it’s done. ‘Timo Werner says he wants to go, so it’s done’.
“Guess what, there was a guy called Kylian Mbappe who told everyone he wanted to go to Real Madrid, he ended up at PSG.”
Although Madrid have been keen on Mane previously there is no way that Liverpool should even consider offers for him this summer.
He is coming into the prime of his career and currently tied down on a long-term contract. Mane knows he is loved at Anfield and is part of a special team that is consistently challenging for the big prizes.
Following Nicol’s comments, some Liverpool supporters have shared their opinion on the matter via Twitter and it’s fair to say that few were impressed with what the former Red defender had to say.
Steve Nicol thinks @MoSalah has been bad this season 😂😂😂. God that first season really set unrealistic expectations
— Marley 🏴🏴 (@DunnoM8Y) March 17, 2020
People have stopped listening to him. There's obviously been a major breakdown for Nicol with our club. Never involved in any of the Legends stuff. Definitely a rift. Now he juts talks nonsense and comes over as bitter. Sad really. Loved him as a player.
— Mike Wilson (@Redsmail) March 14, 2020
There has to be a point now where no one is allowed to use Steve Nicol’s opinion. I know you’ve got space to fill but it’s as relevant as the thoughts of the swans I just gave bread to
— Michael (@m_salmon) March 17, 2020
ESPN are clowns. Shaka hislop and Steve nicol especially
— – (@JurgenKloppLFC_) March 9, 2020
If its steve nicol don’t listen to him. Id rather watch paul merson
— Jean-Michel Thomas (@JeanMichelThom2) March 17, 2020
Great player, complete 🤡
— Mark Kennedy (@jaffala09) March 17, 2020
Stopped reading when I read the name Steve Nicol
— Kevin Cross (@BigK100) March 17, 2020