Real Madrid are interested in Liverpool winger Sadio Mane but reportedly view him as a ‘luxury target’, meaning that they will only make a move for him should he push for one.
El Confidencial reports that Real Madrid have drafted two separate transfer lists for this summer; one bearing the essential and easily obtainable targets like Eden Hazard, Adrien Raboit and Luka Jovic and the other with names like Sadio Mane, Paul Pogba and Christian Eriksen.
The report states that Real Madrid’s interest in Paul Pogba is just being used by the player to engender a better deal for himself at Manchester United while it is unlikely that Tottenham will part ways with Christian Eriksen.
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On the other hand, there is a modicum of realistic interest in Sadio Mane but it is expected that the Senegalese forward will have to push for a move in order to drive his price down in the transfer window.
Liverpool are not known for selling cheap, as evinced by the Coutinho – Barcelona deal, are are expected to demand at least 150 million euros for Mane should Real Madrid make a move.
However, unless that price doesn’t get knocked down considerably, Zinedine Zidane is quite happy to have Eden Hazard for 80 million in the summer.
FOX Sports Asia probability rating: 3/5; It is quite possible that Real Madrid want Sadio Mane to agitate for a move in the summer order to drive his price down. But it seems unlikely – like in the case of Paul Pogba – that a move will materialize.