‘Sadio Mane is likelier to join Real Madrid than Mohamed Salah’

    Former Liverpool ace Momo Sissoko delivers his verdict on Sadio Mane’s future, as Real Madrid transfer seems likely to happen in the summer

    Mane has been nothing short of outstanding since completing his £34m move from Southampton in 2016, turning into one of the most highly-rated forwards in Europe.

    The Senegal international had reached double digits before the coronavirus crisis stopped the club campaign, racking up 18 goals and 12 assists in all competitions.

    Indeed, the 27-year-old must have hated to see the season suspended at the point where he was only two goals short of hitting a 20-goal milestone for the third year running.

    Mane’s impressive form at Anfield has earned him a host of admirers across Europe, with Real Madrid understood to be in the driver’s seat for his signature.

    When asked if Mohamed Salah will be on his way of joining Los Blancos in the summer, Momo Sissoko replied: “No.

    “I think Sadio Mane is likelier to because he has the characteristics that Zidane wants – he really rates him,” Sissoko said, as reported by the Metro.

    “I think Sadio Mane will go to Real Madrid.”

    Salah has also emerged as Zidane’s target for the summer transfer window, but several pundits in England believe Mane has more chances of switching away from Melwood.

    Zidane sees his frontline as the weakest link and intends to take action in the summer to bolster his firepower, particularly in light of Gareth Bale’s uncertain future in the Spanish capital.

    The Welshman has produced another underwhelming season and has fallen out with the French manager.

    Although his agent assured everyone of Bale’s intention to see out his contract at the Bernabeu, the 30-year-old seems more likely than ever to leave Los Merengues.

    With Luka Jovic and Eden Hazard miserably flopping in their maiden season in La Liga, and Rodrygo still relatively inexperienced and inconsistent, the 13-time European champions need to recruit a top-class forward to challenge for the Champions League again.

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