Liverpool ready to make major Sadio Mane transfer decision as Real Madrid eye star



Posted Sunday, May 10, 2020 by Express.co.uk

Liverpool ready to make major Sadio Mane transfer decision as Real Madrid eye star
Liverpool star Sadio Mane has been targeted by Real Madrid (Image: GETTY)

Liverpool are looking to make Sadio Mane an offer that would tarnish Real Madrid's hopes of signing him.

Liverpool are planning to offer Sadio Mane a fresh blockbuster contract that would see him completing his career at Anfield. Mane has been subject to intense interest by Real Madrid for months now and an offer could be made in the summer after the season comes to an end.

According to Football Insider,  however, the Reds are set to present the winger with a bumper new deal that could deliver a crushing blow to Real's hopes of signing him.

The Senegal international's current contract with the Merseysiders runs out in June 2023, by which time he will be 31 years old.

Therefore, if the ex-Southampton star puts pen to paper on a better and extended deal then that could effectively see him spending the rest of his career at Liverpool.

Mane has been prolific for Jurgen Klopp's club ever since his arrival from St Mary's in 2016 and has been integral in the club's recent string of dominant displays both in European and domestic competitions.

The 28-year-old has formed a powerful trio in Klopp's attack with Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah that played a key role in the team's Champions League triumph last season.

Former Liverpool defender Stephen Warnock has recently warned the club to quickly make a decision on Mane's future as this is a critical period for his career.

Warnock urged the board to either offer him a new contract or cash in on him, just like they did with Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho.

He said: "It is important that they try and tie him down because you want to keep your best assets at the club to help bring other big players in. Those players want to play with the best not second best.

"From Mane's point of view he's got a manager there that adores him, fans that adore him and he knows the system that he's playing in.

"Don't forget the way Liverpool have grown over the last four to five years under Jurgen Klopp. In the last two years they've elevated themselves into an elite team now and Mane is arguably Liverpool's crown jewel in all of that.

"I'm sure if he was to knock on the door and ask for a new contract he'd be rewarded for it as well.

"Look at the Luis Suarez situation and Philippe Coutinho. Liverpool handled both of those situations very well, signing them to new contracts and bumping the value of the player up if you like.

"If Liverpool were to cash in on Mane, then now is probably the time to do it because, with his age, his value is probably at its peak or in and around it.

"But, for Liverpool, they'll just want to extend the contract, because to go out and replace Sadio Mane would cost an astronomical amount of money in an uncertain financial climate and would that player then come in and fit in straight away?"



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