It’s been a couple of weeks since Real Madrid first contacted Liverpool regarding a potential move for Sadio Mane, with the Senegalese forward being one of the most prolific scorers in the world for the last couple of seasons.
Apparently, Zidane is tempted with the possibility of making a move for the African, as the club views him as a way more realistic – and cheaper – target than Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappe.
Even so, it looks like Liverpool are reluctant to put a price tag on him and would only consider letting him go to Santiago Bernabeu in return for Real Madrid’s top prospect: Vinicius Jr, as per Spanish TV Show El Chiringuito.
However, Florentino Perez and Real Madrid ruled out any potential deal involving the Brazilian teenager, claiming they’ve already denied Liverpool’s request and just won’t engage in further negotiations on the matter.
Mane had already kind of shut the door on a potential move out of Anfield, at least for the time being, claiming he’s really happy at Melwood and that he loves to work under Jurgen Klopp’s tutelage.
This season, the Senegal international has excelled in all competitions, netting 21 goals to go along with 4 assists in 42 caps for the Reds.
As for Vinicius, he showed glimpses of greatness during his breakout season under Santiago Solari’s command, establishing himself as a regular part of the team’s Starting XI before suffering a heart-breaking injury during Real Marid’s collapse against Ajax.
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Vinicius still has a lot of room for improvement, especially when it comes to finishing, but his ability to put defenders on skates and create for others make him quite a promising prospect for Los Blancos.
This season, the 18-year-old scored 7 goals and handed out 13 assists in 33 caps for Real Madrid, and hopefully, he’ll get plenty of chances to prove his worth next season even with all the big-name signings Florentino Perez wants to make.