RB Salzburg striker Patson Daka has listed both Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah amongst his footballing icons. The 22-year-old striker remains a Liverpool target, according to reports.
That’s what BBC Sport say. They claim that the Reds as well as Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham and Arsenal were amongst the interested Premier League teams.
Daka has made his mark at the home of the Austrian champions, a club famous for the development of future stars such as Mane and Erling Haaland.
The 18-time Zambia international has clocked up an impressive 15 goals in 17 appearances already this season, after all.
Daka, who was named the Confederation of African Football’s Young Player of the Year in 2017, admits he takes his inspiration from the best in the continent including Mane and Salah.
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“To see our big brothers like (Pierre-Emerick) Aubameyang, (Mohamed) Salah, (Sadio) Mane, it’s something that gives me the dream that I can also make it,” he said, as per BBC Sport.
“I can be like them. They are my inspiration, knowing that they also come from Africa.
“I think when people are making those kinds of comparisons, it’s great, looking at the status of Sadio Mane, the kind of football he plays and the kind of person that he is.”
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It would seem a player as ambitious and humble as Daka is destined for the top, then.
He certainly fits the profile of what many elite clubs typically look for. Daka’s blistering speed and ruthless edge in front of goal make him a nightmare for opposition defenders.
A report from The Mail claims the youngster could be made available at £20 million.
His growing status as Salzburg puts Daka in good stead to follow in the footsteps of a number of the club’s previous alumni.
In recent years, a number of European heavyweights have come to trust the talent that is produced in Austria.
Liverpool have three of their former starts within their ranks, after all. Mane, Naby Keita and Takumi Minamino were all once part of the Salzburg set-up.
While Daka is clearly determined to follow in the footsteps of some of Africa’s greatest players, he is in no hurry to get there.
“I have to continue what I’m doing. We will see what the future will bring”, he added.
Daka is certainly a player whose development we will be following closely in the coming months.