When the likes of BBC, Skysports and ESPN report a news, football fans are quick to believe. This is because these media outlets are well known to be extremely reliable when they break any news. According to BBC Radio Solent, Southampton striker Sadio Mane will have a medical at Liverpool on Monday after both clubs agreed a transfer fee of £34m.
It’s believed that the fee could rise to £36m, making the deal one of Liverpool’s most expensive buys, rivaling £32.5m for Belgian striker Christian Benteke and £35m for English man Andy Carroll.
It’s thought that Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp wants to boost his attacking options and has since made Mane a prime transfer target this summer transfer window.
It had been thought the Southampton wanted closer to £40m for the Senegalese, but Mane is set to tread a well-worn path between Southampton and Liverpool.
The Liverpool manager is believed to be impressed by Mane when he scored twice as the saints came from 2-0 down to beat Liverpool 3-2 at St Mary’s last season.
Mane, who scored 11 goals in 37 Premier League games last season, would add pace and a goal scoring threat alongside England striker Daniel Sturridge and Belgium youngster Divock Origi.
This is not the first time both clubs have been trading players, as Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren, Rickie Lambert and Nathaniel Clyne have all moved to Anfield since the summer of 2014. A handsome profit is expected on a player the Saints bought from Salzburg for £10m two years ago.
Once again, Arsenal has missed out on one of their summer transfer target. In Wengers pursuit of an attacker, Mane could have been a good replacement for outgoing Theo Walcott on the right wing of the attack. After missing out on Vardy, Cavani among other targets, Arsenal like last summer, might end up falling short of expectations yet again.