Numerous British and French press reports indicate that Senegalese star Sadio Mane, top scorer for Liverpool, is the leading candidate to lead the Real Madrid attack next season.
British newspaper “The Sun” reported that Manny (28 years old) is the favorite of Real coach Zinedine Zidane to succeed Karim Benzema (32 years old), especially after Paris Saint-Germain club refused to neglect his youngster, World Cup winners Kylian Mbappe, with the French national team.
The newspaper said that only Real Madrid’s glamor could attract a bright Senegalese star with the Reds out of Anfield, with a market value of nearly $ 150 million, which made him the third most expensive player in the world.
While France Football claimed that another reason for Mani to leave the royal was that he was unhappy when his coach Jurgen Klopp supported his Liverpool colleague Virgil Van Dyck to obtain the Golden Ball award before him.
The French “Sport 10” website confirmed that Zidane’s thinking is currently focused on contracting with Manny in the next transfer window while postponing the move to retake Mbabe to the summer of next year.
The site stated that the Real Madrid administration made the first contact with Mani last July, after Liverpool won the European Champions League, to find out how ready it was to leave the Reds.
He said that Liverpool may refuse to leave Mane after he became the most prominent striker in the team, by defeating his Egyptian teammate Mohamed Salah in the last season unless Klopp found a rising player that could compensate for the absence of the Senegalese star.