Manchester United have long registered their interest in Senegalese forward, Sadio Mane but the Saints had not given any sign of their willingness to negotiate a deal. That seems set to change as United will hope to exploit the gap that has appeared in the relationship between the player and Southampton coach, Ronald Koeman. The player arrived late to a team meeting and was promptly sanctioned by the coach which resulted in him missing the match against Norwich City.
Manchester United will hope that this gap sees them eventually get their man. A 5-year deal has been muted and it is expected that United will offer a weekly wage in the region of £125,000. This amounts to £32.5 million for the duration of the contract. Coupled with the £30 million fee Southampton are likely to demand, United will be spending a whooping £62.5 million to acquire the player. It is highly doubtful that the player is worth that kind of outlay.
Though united have a number of options on the wings including dutch international and former PSV Eindhoven star, Memphis Depay, Ashley Young and most recently Jesse Lingard, although Anthony Martial, Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata have been deployed on the wings at various times this season.
Mane, who holds the record of scoring the fastest hattrick in premier league history when he bagged three goals in 176 seconds in a 6-1 win over Aston Villa at St. Mary’s Stadium is currently in his second season in English football after cutting his teeth in European football at French club, Metz and Austrian club, Red Bull Salzburg.
Mane has scored 13 goals in 43 league appearances for the St Mary’s outfit and already has 5 assists this season.