It’s no secret FC Barcelona have been following Senegalese Sadio Mané for a couple of seasons. The Liverpool star is also a fan of the ass for having supported the club in his childhood. “Ronaldinho was one of my heroes and he played here for many years. This meeting is so much more special to me because I want to play in the same stadium where my idol won. When I was young, I supported FC Barcelona, ”said Sadio Mané at a press conference ahead of the 2019 Champions League clash between Barça and Liverpool.
If the former Barça management followed the Senegalese, the new one, led by Joan Laporta, would hold Sadio Mané as an option if Operation Neymar fell through. According to our information, number 10 on the reds fits perfectly into Ronald Koeman’s plan. The two have known each other very well from Southampton and the Dutch coach enjoys working with the Lion of Teranga again.
Sadio Mané is interested in FC Barcelona
The uncertainty surrounding the future of Ousmane Dembélé changes everything. The French winger has still not extended and Barça are seriously considering selling him from the next window. The case of Philippe Coutinho would have already been settled with the agreement with Everton on the transfer of the Brazilian. With these two sales, the Braugrana club will be able to finance the signing of Sadio Mané if Neymar is finally extended to PSG.
Koeman wants Sadio Mané for his project
In the event of his return to Neymar in Catalonia, Ronald Koeman plans to use crack Ansu Fati as number 9. Lionel Messi, who would be more open to an extension, should stay at Barça. Antoine Griezmann will also stay at the club. The Dutch technician therefore needs a right-handed winger (Messi, Griezmann and Dembélé are all left-handed) to resume with 4-3-3 colored in Braugrana’s DNA. And for that, he asks Neymar as a priority. If the Brazilian does not come, Sadio Mané would be Laporta and Koeman’s Plan B.
The Senegalese, who is having a very difficult season at Anfield, may be tempted to leave Liverpool. The Reds are not even sure they will play in the Champions League next season and it is still difficult to keep stars like Sadio Mané and Mo Salah. What is certain is that Mané will think well of his future this summer.
Barça’s supporters validate Sadio Mané
Before the pandemic, the French channel, Canal + made a micro sidewalk in Catalonia to get reaction from Barça fans on Sadio Mané. In general, the supporters of the Senegalese like the Senegalese and one day would like him to play at the Camp Nou.
During a Talents d’Afrique program filmed in the streets of Barcelona, impressions are unanimous. Selected songs: “Sadio Mané is a very technical player, very fast, he is part of the Top 5”, “Sadio Mané plays like Messi. I like its acceleration and especially its finish” launches a follower. “Sadio Mané is a world-class player, if he arrives at Barça, the team will be better “, are some of the reactions among many others.
Xavi, the only obstacle to Sadio Mané’s arrival
The Catalonia press has been talking about Laporta’s ultimatum to Ronald Koeman for a few days. According to media reports, if the Dutch technician does not win La Liga at the end of the season, he will make room for Xavi Hernandez. We all know that from one day to the next, the former Catalan midfielder would take control. In addition, he impresses at Al Sadd SC and will undoubtedly be a good coach at Barça.
But the legend does not like Sadio Mané. He made it clear a few months ago that the Senegalese style is not in line with Braugrana’s DNA. “Mané and Aubameyang can kill you from time to time. But Barça need players who know how to move in small spaces. I am thinking of players who want to adapt to Barça and it is not easy to find them. Samuel Eto’o was perfect and Luis Suarez is too right now. Football level, Neymar is one of the top three or five players in the world. I hope he returns to Barça. He would bring a lot. He has a positive mindset. A player who is able to make the difference, that would be a good signature, ”the current coach of Al-Sadd explained in comments to Metro.
It is therefore certain that he will not approve the election of Sadio Mané if he were to replace Ronald Koeman at the end of the season.