It isn’t a ‘shut case’ that Sadio Mane will leave Liverpool during this summer’s transfer window.
That’s according to journalist Adam Crafton, who shared the latest on Mane during last night’s The Monday Night Club on BBC 5 Live.
“The informed reporting at the moment is that the player’s preference is to have a new challenge,” said Crafton.
“We have seen in the past where players have been talked out of that by persuasive managers or sporting directors.
“As far as I know he’s not communicated that to the club. I had a conversation with someone well placed at the club last week and they were saying they were more worried about Mane than Salah and this was before Salah said he was definitely going to be at Liverpool next season.
“The club’s impression was that he was going to wait until after the Champions League final, have a proper think and discussion and take it from there. Over the last few days things have escalated a bit. I don’t think it’s a shut case that he’s going to leave the club.”
After reports suggested that Mane was virtually certain to leave Liverpool, that’s a slightly more encouraging update.
Moving on from Mane
On the one hand, it would be great news if Mane were to do a U-turn on his supposed decision to leave Liverpool. But on the other, there’s certainly a feeling that now might be the right time to part ways.
The 30-year-old is a Liverpool legend and always will be for what he has achieved in his six years at the club. He’s also been fantastic for the last six months of an almost historic season.
Despite all that, perhaps the time has come for Liverpool to evolve. Prior to returning from AFCON victory in February, Mane had been poor for near-on 18 months.
It isn’t impossible to rule out that his upturn in form has simply been an attempt to woo potential suitors.
All good things come to an end
Liverpool have had an incredible run with their fabled front-three of Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino. But all good things come to and end.
If Mane’s head has been turned by the likes of Bayern Munich, then it makes no sense to keep him with a year left on his contract.
Liverpool are reportedly holding out for £42.5m to sell Mane and that would seem like a fair price. It’s incredible to think that after all these years, The Reds could still make a profit on the player.
One way or another, this looks like being settled over the summer. With no word still from Mane himself, there could still be a few twists in this particular tale.