Former Liverpool midfielder Steve McManaman has suggested that the Reds have nothing to worry about in regard to the potential transfer of Sadio Mane who is currently being touted with a big-money move to La Liga.
According to The Mail, Real Madrid and Barcelona are considering making an approach for the Senegalese ace with the Spanish giants weighing up an eye-watering £140m move for Mane in the upcoming transfer window.
Zinedine Zidane has made no secret of his admiration for the street-wise attacker after Real were previously linked with Mane back in 2018.
Eden Hazard’s inaugural season with Los Blancos has been plagued by injury while Gareth Bale’s Benebeu career continues to remain an ambiguity.
Yet, while Real Madrid reportedly remain interested in Mane, McManaman has insisted that Liverpool have little to worry about regarding the forward remaining at Anfield.
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McManaman claimed that because Liverpool are currently in a stronger position on the pitch in comparison to Real and Barca and due to the fact both teams are undergoing disappointing campaigns, that Mane will not be tempted should the La Liga duo come calling.
“Well Real Madrid already have Eden Hazard, they bought Rodrygo last summer and they’ve just invested in Reinier in January, so I’d take a rumour like that with a pinch of salt,” he told Horseracing.net – via The Daily Express.
“Regardless of how the Champions League turns out this season, the best teams in the world at present are the English teams. Real Madrid and Barcelona are not.
“They both want to start again and bring in a few new players because they’ve both had disappointing seasons this year, so they’re both going to start turning their teams over.
“I don’t think there’s any chance of either Sadio Mane or Mohammed Salah going to either Real Madrid or Barcelona.”
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Both Mane and Salah are tied down to lucrative long-term contracts with the Reds and according to The Independent, neither have showcased their intentions to leave the club.
Jurgen Klopp’s remains in a strong position when it comes to maintaining his most prized assets on Merseyside and Liverpool have no reason to sell.
Liverpool are the reigning world champions and are on course to win a first league title since 1990 which would indicate that there should be no intention to leave due to a lack of silverware.