According to the DailyMail, Real Madrid will have to fork out a whopping £130m if they want to sign “luxury target” Sadio Mane. Zidane is planning a huge overhaul at the Bernabeu this summer, with Mane, Eden Hazard and Paul Pogba all near the top of his list. But, according to El Confidencial, Mane would be a ‘luxury’ signing for them with his price tag expected to be exorbitant.
Liverpool star Sadio Mane is a ‘luxury’ target for Real Madrid who would cost £130m or more
Zinedine Zidane is preparing for a massive summer overhaul and wants the Liverpool forward
The Spanish outlet report that Liverpool are unwilling to sell such a prized asset so cheaply, especially if Philippe Coutinho’s £145m transfer to Barcelona last year is any yardstick to go by.
The Senegal international has been a vital prong in Liverpool’s inexorable three-man forward line, along with Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino, this year.
Mane has smashed 21 goals in 42 games in all competitions this term and has drawn the gaze of newly-reappointed Madrid boss Zidane.
Manchester United’s Paul Pogba is also on his wishlist – but will cost a similar amount to Mane
And Zidane knows that any of his favoured targets won’t come cheaply. Should he acquire Pogba, who has two-and-a-half years left to run on his deal at Old Trafford, from Manchester United it would cost around the same price as Mane.
Madrid are, of course, hoping to recoup at least some of the money and free up some space on their wage bill by offloading some of their big-name players. Established stars Toni Kroos, Gareth Bale and Luka Modric are all reported to be leaving the Bernabeu this summer, which Zidane hopes will enable him to launch a raid on the Premier League’s leading players.
Meanwhile, Zidane hinted that Marcos Llorente could be better off going out on loan next season. The Frenchman was asked about a number of Real Madrid players’ futures during his press conference on Sunday.
One of them asked about was the Spanish midfielder who had been enjoying a decent campaign until his injury in December. “We will see about next season,” said Zidane. “I’ve known Marcos (Llorente) for a long time, he is a player that is constantly improving.
“The only thing for him is that he needs to play more because that will help him,” he stated. “I remember when he was at Alaves (on loan), he played regularly and he had a phenominal season there,” Zidane said, hinting that he might have to do the same next campaign.
Llorente’s season has been too short with just seven LaLiga appearances and 14 games in all competitions. It is not easy to gain a place in the Real Madrid team, even less when one has bad luck with injuries which is what Llorente suffered.
At the start of the year, the midfielder suffered a grade II injury of the left adductor that made him miss six games for the 20 days he was out. Shortly after recovering, in February, he suffered a relapse of that same injury, which caused him to miss nine games.
‘Phenomenal season’ at Alaves
At Alaves in the 2017/18, managed to play 38 games between LaLiga Santanderand the Copa del Rey commitments. In that campaign, Llorente played 3,299 minutes, in comparison to the 999 he has amassed at the Bernabeu this season.