22nd May, 2019
The excitement generated by the expected move of Sadio Mane from Liverpool to Real Madrid during this summer transfer window has received a very serious dampener as Real Madrid President, Florentino Perez is reportedly not ready to dish out the required amount of money needed for the deal.
While this might be good news to the Liverpool fans, it is exactly the opposite for the Real Madrid followers who had hoped to see the Senegalese star in the shirt of their home team next season.
Mane had been strongly linked with a move to Real Madrid when Zinedine Zidane returned to the Bernabeu back in March.
The excitement surrounding the expected transfer has, however, cooled down in recent times with the La Liga giants appearing to look elsewhere.
The Spanish giants are seen to be more interested right now about the arrival of Eden Hazard, who appears destined to join from Chelsea once the Blues’ Europa League final with Arsenal is done with.
Real are also said to be interested in Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, who has filtered with a move to Spain.
Interestingly however, Zinedine Zidane reportedly still wants Mane.
Reports have it that Perez has blocked the move because he feels the Senegal international would be too pricey.
The source of the report said further;
“Zidane has differences with Thibaut Courtois, having wanted to continue with Keylor,” he said.
“Pogba is closer than we think.
“And as for Mane, Liverpool has asked 200 million euros (£175m) and Florentino has said no.”
The Livepool star had been backed backed to join Real Madrid by former Southampton team-mate Oriel Romeu, who lauded the Liverpool star two months ago.
“He is ready [for the move],” Romeu told Marca of Mane.
“Madrid are a little weak in attack and he’s the type of player that does a lot of damage in open spaces.
“He could help them reverse their current situation.
“He brings variation in attack, but he’s not a prolific goalscorer like Cristiano Ronaldo, who goes well above [other forwards].”
The fans at Liverpool will no doubt be delighted at news that Real will not be going after Mane this summer. That is not surprising as the player has been a key performer in the three years since his arrival from Southampton.
Further more, he is set to feature in the Champions League final when Liverpool lock horns with fellow Premier League outfit Tottenham in Madrid on June 1.