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Real Madrid testing the waters on Liverpool's Sadio Mané

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Seamus Leonard

Real Madrid have set their sights on Liverpool attacker Sadio Mané as manager Zinedine Zidane looks to strengthen his side this summer.

Senegal international Mané has been an integral part of the Reds’ rise under Jürgen Klopp.

The 27-year-old moved to Merseyside from Southampton in the summer of 2016, and he made an immediate impact with a thunderbolt goal against Arsenal on his league debut.

He has become increasingly important to Klopp’s men over the past couple of seasons, hence the interest from Los Blancos.

The Mirror has reported that the Spanish giants have registered their interest with Mané’s representatives, and are preparing to test Liverpool’s resolve with a bid of between £130m and £140m.

That would represent an incredible profit on the reported £34m that the league leaders paid the Saints for the current African Player of the Year.

However, Mané is regarded by many Kopites as the most important member of their famed front three.

There has been transfer speculation around Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah as well, with some observers suggesting that the latter is the most likely to seek fresh pastures first.

With 32-year-old Karim Benzema’s best days likely behind him, and the seemingly endless drama around Gareth Bale’s future, Mané would be an exciting addition to a Real squad lacking in the club’s traditional star quality.

But convincing Liverpool to part with arguably the most important attacking cog they have at the moment will be a tall order.

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