Sadio Mane just completed his switch from Southampton to Liverpool for a £30 million transfer fee. But, the winger revealed that he snubbed Manchester United in order to complete his move to the Merseyside club.
Saido revealed that Jose Mourinho was interested in his services, but he opted to work with Jürgen Klopp instead, and signed a five-year deal with the Reds.
This wasn’t Klopp’s first attempt to sign the Senegalese international. The German manager tried to lure Mane to Dortmund while he was the manager, after having seen the midfielder perform in the 2012 Olympics.
When asked if there was interest from Manchester United, the 24-year-old responded:
“Yes, it was true. There was interest from a lot of clubs, not just Manchester United, but as soon as I knew Liverpool were interested I just felt it was the right club with the right coach. It was right for me to come here.
“Liverpool are a massive club with a big history that has won many trophies over the years and as soon as I was told of the possibility to come here and I knew the manager wanted me I said yes.
“It was the right move. I recognise the size of the club and to progress to another level as a player this was the club and the moment for me. It was a step I needed to make.”
Saido Mane is now the most expensive African player in history, but Riyad Mahrez could soon claim that title if his £40 million move to Arsenal materializes.
Mane had appeared in 75 matches for Southampton, scoring 25 in the process, and was also Southampton’s top scorer last season with 15 goals. He arrived in the Premier League during the 2014/15 season, after the Saints bought him for £12 million from Red Bull Salzburg (in Australia).