Liverpool striker Sadio Mane has been contacted by Real Madrid to inform the Senegalese forward that they have made him a summer transfer target after he has had another impressive season for the Reds.
Los Blancos’ boss Zinedine Zidane wants to strengthen his attacking options at the end of the season.
And according to the Mirror, Mane’s representatives have been made aware of Real’s interest.
The Spanish side have been impressed with Sane’s development under Jurgen Klopp and now want to bring him to the Bernabeu.
Mane is having another fantastic season for the Reds and has already scored 18 goals and provided 12 assists in 38 appearances in all competitions.
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Since joining the club from Southampton for £34million in 2016, he has gone on to become a vital part of Liverpool’s attacking trio, playing alongside Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino.
Real have been monitoring Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe for quite some time and have also taken notice of Erling Haaland’s recent outstanding form, however, they have their sights set on signing Mane this summer.
Mane has three years on his current deal but Real think they can still tempt Liverpool to sell one of their best players.
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Madrid are confident Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp will sell Mane if they offer £140m for the Senegalese forward.
If Liverpool did accept such an offer it would eclipse Real’s current transfer record, which stands at £88m, when they signed Eden Hazard from Chelsea last summer.
However, the 29-year-old has struggled with injuries in his debut season for the club and has only managed one goal and five assists in 15 appearances this season.
He is not the only summer signing who has disappointed this season, as 22-year-old Luka Jovic has also failed to live up to his transfer price.
The Serbia international joined Real from Eintracht Frankfurt for an initial fee of £60m (€65m) in the summer but has only managed two goals in 24 appearances in all competitions.
Meanwhile, Mane hasn’t had any trouble finding the back of the net for Liverpool.
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In his 161 appearances for the club he has scored 77 goals and provided 34 assists.
He was also praised this week by Rio Ferdinand, as the former England and Manchester United defender insisted that of Liverpool’s current front three, Mane would be his least favourite to line up against.
“Mane’s been phenomenal. He’s the guy that normally scores first,” Ferdinand said.
“Out of the three strikers Liverpool have, he’s the one I would least like to play against.
“He’s unpredictable, he’s sharp, he’s quick, he’s direct, clinical.
“Listen, they’re all great players but there’s just something different about him for me that I really, really love.”
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