Real Madrid has reportedly identified Liverpool superstar Sadio Mane as their primary transfer target for this summer’s transfer window. According to a report in the Mirror, Liverpool ace Mane has become a target for La Liga heavyweights Real Madrid and Barcelona ahead of next season.
Mane joined Liverpool in 2016, a year after Salah, and the Egyptian became the alpha male, scoring 44 goals in his first season in the Premier League with the Reds.
Mane then helped them win the Premier League in 2019-20, scoring 44 goals in all competitions and winning the Premier League’s Golden Boot. That ends a three-year streak in which he finished in the league’s top four for the first time in his career, winning in 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19. It is the highest total he has reached in England, and the second highest in the Premier League, behind Lionel Messi’s 52 goals in 2014-15.
Sadio Mane received a rating of 9.4 for his performance as Liverpool won the game 5-2 Mane made the perfect start to the 2-0 win over Crystal Palace by scoring Liverpool’s second goal in injury time. He scored his 13th goal of the season in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League.
Mane scored his 50th goal for Liverpool in the 4-2 win over Burnley. He has maintained his record of not losing a single game in his first three Premier League games of the season.
Fabinho received rave reviews from Klopp after a superb performance that nullified Chelsea’s attack. He has worked effortlessly with Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino and worked tirelessly. The African superstar has also thundered down Burnley, Newcastle and Leicester with stunning strikes. Mane returned to his former club Southampton for the first time since returning to the Premier League last season.
At the time Klopp described him as a ‘complete attacking player’ and said: ‘He has improved from season to season. There is no player in the Premier League more in form than him at the moment. Mane has been a key player in Liverpool’s attack and one of their best players this season, and Klopp has challenged him at times.
Mane’s transfer fee was surpassed only by Luis Suarez, Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino. The other players currently better than Mane in the Premier League are Raheem Sterling, Daniel Sturridge, Sadio Mane and Philippe Suarez, as well as the other player currently on loan at Manchester City, Romelu Lukaku. Mane became the first player in Premier League history to score in each of the opening three league games of a season after scoring a hat-trick in Liverpool’s 3-1 win over Manchester United in the Champions League. He then scored twice against Manchester City to put himself back in the running for the Premier League Golden Boot and keep Liverpool in the title hunt.
Mane finished the season with 26 goals in 50 appearances, his highest ever tally, and was Liverpool’s second-top scorer. Mane enjoyed his best-ever Premier League season, with 27 goals, sharing the golden boot with Salah and Arsenal’s Pierre Aubameyang, as well as a hat-trick against Manchester United.
The Senegal international looks a bargain this season, with his transfer record later broken. Mane’s transfer fee has made Liverpool one of the most expensive clubs in Premier League history, surpassing the £28m Manchester City paid Swansea City in 2015 for the signing of Wilfried Bony, but it makes one player even more expensive – and that is Sadio Mane. Man City’s transfer fee record – Mane’s transfer fee has been broken later than any other player in Liverpool history. He is currently the second highest-paid player on the club’s record transfer list, surpassed only by the £28m transfer fee paid by Manchester City to Swansea City for Wil Friedel in 2014. [Sources: 2, 8]
Much of that success has come from the potent attack of Mane, Roberto Firmino, and Mohamed Salah. The Egypt star has turned Liverpool into European and domestic champions and has scored more than 250 goals under Klopp. He will score plenty of goals this season but Mane seems the most likely candidate to be the Premier League’s top scorer.
Look at Sadio Mane’s Premier League scoring record from the 2017-18 season. Mane will have to settle for second place as Liverpool’s top scorer, provided Mohamed Salah stays with Liverpool for a long time. Mane is best known as a footballer but he has also settled into his role as a footballer, with his goal record making him the second-highest scorer in the world for Liverpool. That suggests he wants to stay at Klopp’s club for the long term – and not just for a year or two.