Inter Milan will attempt to prise Sadio Mane from Liverpool, according to reports.
The Senegalese winger was in electric form for a majority of last season, and was a key factor in a Liverpool attack that struggled without him when he was out injured. His performances have since attracted interest from numerous top European clubs, including Serie A giants Inter Milan.
The Nerazzurri have seen a massive influx of funds following the club’s takeover by a Chinese consortium. They are keen on splashing that newfound cash, and have managed to sign the likes of Milan Skriniar, Borja Valero, Facundo Colidio and Daniele Padelli.
Securing Mane’s signature would prove to be a statement signing, as Inter begin their quest to be feared as one of Europe’s best once more. Their arch-rivals AC Milan have gone all out this summer, and their success will be a cause for concern across town.
However, signing the 25-year-old pace demon may be harder than expected for the Italians, as Reds’ boss Jurgen Klopp is aiming to put up a solid fight for the Premier League title next season, and understands that letting his best players go would make that dream all the more hard to accomplish.
Philippe Coutinho has already been subject to a £72 million bid from Barcelona that was turned down, and things are starting to appear sticky for Klopp.
According to Express, Inter have prepared a starting bid of £35 million – just £1m more than what the Reds paid Southampton for him last summer. That fee will feel like an insult to Liverpool, considering the superb season Mane enjoyed last year. And with the current inflation in the market, they will be holding out for a lot more.
It is unlikely that Klopp will be willing to let Mane leave for any price, though. The forward was once again instrumental in their brilliant 3-0 win over Bayern Munich in pre-season, where he scored the opener.
Speaking about his return to the fold, Mane said: “I’m very happy to be back. It was not easy to be off the pitch for three months. But finally, I’m back and I’m happy to be back.
“I’m looking forward to the season. I’m a professional and every football player would like to play each week. I want to always help my team-mates on the pitch and help my club to get better.
“[I want] to score more goals for my team and to assist as well. Why not win trophies with the team? I’m very confident and looking forward to it. There are still some things to work on. That’s why I’m training all the time. It will come. I’m not 100 per cent fit but it’s pre-season so I’m OK with that. It will come.”
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