Senegalese star Sadio Mane appears to be ready to move to Barcelona after wanting more than his current role at Liverpool, according to press reports.
Sadio Mane became a key figure at Anfield after helping the club win the Premier League and Champions League
in the past two seasons by forming a devastating forward three with Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino.
However, Mundo Deportivo now claims that he is ready to work with his former Southampton boss,
Ronald Koeman, at the Catalan giant after he felt that his quest for grand individual trophies at Anfield was unattainable.
Koeman and Mane spent two years together at St Mary’s, where the Dutchman helped guide the striker,
who scored 25 goals in 75 games before moving to Liverpool.
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The report states that Mane accepts the respect of the people who have won titles in England,
but feels he does not have the individual respect he deserves after helping his team achieve their first Premier League title by scoring 18 league goals last season.
The Spanish website also adds that Manny feels that no matter how hard his work is or how committed he is,
he believes the reward always goes to teammate Salah or captain Jordan Henderson.
The report also adds that while Mane maintains a good relationship with Reds coach Jürgen Klopp,
t has not been the same as before and is another factor in his decision to open up to a move to Barcelona,
regardless of whether Lionel Messi stays or not.
It is also reported that Mane sees this period as an excellent time to test himself in La Liga
where the transition for Barcelona begins under the leadership of Dutchman Koeman, having impressed the club since the days of Ronaldinho.
However, the report acknowledges that Barcelona will have to pay €107 million (€120 million) to sign Mane,
an amount they cannot afford after they paid him to the likes of Ousmane Dembele, Antoine Griezmann and Philippe Coutinho in recent years.
Barça are keen to add the heart of an attack to their ranks,
especially after Koeman informed Luis Suarez in unequivocal terms that he is free to leave Barcelona this summer.
The Catalan giant has also been linked with the transfer of Lyon star Memphis Depay,
who admitted he may be open to leaving after the French league team failed to qualify for the Champions League.