Manchester United have failed in their bid to prise Southampton and Senegalese star Sadio Mane away from South Coast club Southampton in the January transfer window according to the Mail. According to reports, a £29 million bid from Manchester United is seriously been considered by Southampton for the player.
The 23-year old former Red Bull Salzburg forward has been a subject of strong interest from United since last summer. The Old Trafford club has again failed via a report from the Mail in the current transfer window after they were told in clear terms that Southampton manager Ronald Koeman wants to retain the services of Sadio Mane at the club.
Mane is however keen to leave the club as his relations with Dutch manager Ronald Koeman deteriorates after he was dropped from the starting line-up ahead of last Saturday’s away game to Norwich City at Carrow Road for disciplinary reasons. He reportedly got to his team’s pre-match meeting behind schedule prompting the punishment imposed on him by former Valencia and Feyenoord manager Ronald Koeman.
The Dutch manager still wants to keep the Senegalese star in his team as he sees him as a key member of his squad moving forward amidst personal concerns from Koeman himself over how the past exodus of players from Southampton has affected his work in the last few years.
Sadio Mane is an exciting talent with immense pace, power and creativity, attributes in short supply at Manchester United at the moment in what is fast becoming a disappointing season for the Red Devils but the wait to finally seal a deal for their transfer target will go on due to Southampton’s strong stand on the player.