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Report: 'World-class' Liverpool player wants to play in Spain, £213k-a-week player leaving Barcelona can open door

Sadio Mané wants to play in Spain and Barcelona have a way they can make it happen, according to reports. It could be an interesting summer.

This comes from Cadena Cope in Spain. They claim that Sadio Mané actually wants to play in Spain as he enters the final year of his contract with Liverpool.

By ‘in Spain’, he means Barcelona or Real Madrid, of course. The former could find a way to make a deal happen, too – if Ousmane Dembélé leaves the club at the end of his own contract in June.

That’s very possible and if the Frenchman does depart, that’s a reported £213,000 per week off their books. They’ll reduce that dramatically even if he does re-sign, in fact.

Such a massive reduction could potentially give Barcelona enough room to move for Mané. He’d also require a transfer fee, of course, though potentially a small one if he’s in that final year.

As for Mané himself, he doesn’t want to make any firm decisions until after the Champions League final against Real later this month.

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Mané’s future has taken a strange place in the background this season as people worry about Mohamed Salah. There hasn’t been much discussion about it whatsoever, given he could genuinely leave the club this summer.

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The Mirror did report today that Liverpool are ‘quietly’ in talks with Mané over a new deal, though. Will a 30-year-old forward get the contract he wants with the Reds, though? We imagine Barcelona are a lot more willing to pay up than Liverpool, who don’t typically offer big money to players entering their twilight years.

We do hope Mané stays at the club, especially as he might be playing his best football yet right now. But this will be a big story this summer and one that Liverpool might feel difficult to work with. The Reds have a massive decision here and the likes of Barcelona won’t make it easy.

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