Real Madrid are reportedly plotting a summer move for last season’s Premier League Golden Boot winner Sadio Mane, who is valued at €180 million by Liverpool.
According to a report by Spanish outlet Don Balon, Real Madrid seem to have rekindled their interest in Sadio Mane. Los Blancos are eyeing the Senegalese forward, who has a €180 million price tag slapped on him by Liverpool, to complete their attacking unit.
Sadio Mane has continued his upward trajectory since joining Liverpool from Southampton in the summer of 2016. Over the last three years, the player has grown in stature considerably to establish himself as one of the best attackers in all of Europe. And, it was the 2018-19 season where he went on to take his career to the next level.
In 50 appearances across all competitions, the 27-year-old had a return of 26 goals and 5 assists. 22 of those goals came in the Premier League, making him the joint Golden Boot winner for the 2018-19 season. Invariably, the Liverpool superstar is attracting plenty of interest this summer, especially in the wake of Senegal’s run to the Africa Cup of Nations final, with Real Madrid hot on his heels.
Los Blancos have already spent large sums in the summer transfer window, with attack getting a lot of attention. The La Liga heavyweights have brought in Eden Hazard and Luka Jovic. But, the untimely injury suffered by Marco Asensio is forcing Real Madrid to enter the market for attacking reinforcements again.
With the Spanish international possibly out for the season before it has even begun, Real Madrid are having to rethink their strategy. While James Rodriguez could reportedly stay after returning from Bayern Munich, he might ideally be a replacement for Gareth Bale, who could leave despite a hold-up in his departure.
With Mariano Diaz being linked with a summer move to AS Monaco, a spot in the first-team squad could open up at the Bernabeu. And, the report suggests that Real Madrid are ready to hand Mane the famed number 7 jersey to lure him away from Liverpool.
Last season’s Premier League Golden Boot joint-winner though, has a €180 million price tag, which could prove to be a dampener. Real Madrid have already splashed the big bucks in the market and it is unclear if they are ready to make such a significant investment once again.
Another roadblock in their pursuit of the 27-year-old could be the fact that he recently admitted to his desire to become a Liverpool legend. A transfer that is anything but simple, it remains to be seen if Real Madrid can facilitate another big-money deal, which could set them back by €180 million.