Sadio Mane Tipped to Make Real Madrid Move by Senegal FA Chief as Liverpool Prepare to Reject Offers

?Senegal FA chief Saee Seck has urged Sadio Mane to leave Liverpool and join Real Madrid, even hinting that Los Blancos have already made an approach for the winger.

The 27-year-old has enjoyed a stunning few seasons with Liverpool and has established himself as one of the most prolific wingers around. Links to Real are not new for Mane, although the La Liga giants have been tipped to reignite their interest this summer.

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Seck, speaking to ?The Mirror, claimed that ?Mane has accomplished everything he needs to at Anfield and should capitalise on ?Real’s interest during this transfer window.

He said: “Everybody in the world knows that Mane is in the top ten best footballers in the world and he has achieved significant success at ?Liverpool in the past season.

“He alongside ?Mohamed Salah and ?Roberto Firmino are phenomenal. But this is football and he won the ?Champions League last season and he has the chance to go to Madrid. For me I think it’s the best club in the world, even if I am a ?Barcelona fan I still think Real is the best and Mane should be thinking of that offer seriously.

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“The career of a footballer is very short and sometimes you don’t get the chance a lot so if it’s there, and I think Zidane likes him, why not? 

“He played in ?Southampton and when the chance came he took it and went to Liverpool and he has held the challenge well in England. I think he will do well with another challenge in another country.”

However, whilst Seck suggested that there is already an offer on the table for Mane, the ?Liverpool Echo insist that the Reds are yet to receive any bids for the Senegalese winger and they are not prepared to even consider any approaches for Mane, who they view as a vital part of their squad.

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The Echo even suggest that, if Seck’s claims are true, that Real may have made an illegal approach for Mane, similar to the ?current controversy surrounding Antoine Griezmann’s move to Barcelona.

Last season, Mane racked up a stunning 26 goals and five assists in all competitions for Liverpool, forming a dominant attacking trio alongside Salah and Firmino. He finished as the ?Premier League‘s top scorer, and his form will be crucial for the Reds as they push for the title next season.

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Napoli President Asks Real Madrid to ‘Do More’ to Facilitate James Rodriguez Deal

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has seemingly requested a lower price for Real Madrid attacking midfielder James Rodríguez, while the Serie A club are in no hurry for a deal.

The 27-year-old is bracing himself for a Santiago Bernabeu exit after months of speculation regarding his long-term future. He’s spent the last two season on loan at Bayern Munich, but the Bavarians opted against making the deal permanent this summer.

Napoli have long been favourites for James’ signature but are looking to negotiate a lower fee for the out-of-favour star.

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?Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis spoke to Sky Italia, via ?Football Espana, about the Rodríguez transfer and what it takes to secure him.

 

“We are willing to make sacrifices to secure a deal for James, but Real Madrid must do more,” he is quoted as saying. “We do want to buy him, but we are not in any hurry.

“We have not given up hope on securing a deal, but Madrid must consider that it is better to sell him, or loan him, rather than have him unhappy at the club.”

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The outspoken president also confirmed that there has been no direct contact between himself and the Santiago Bernabeu hierarchy over a new offer but indicated that manager Carlo Ancelotti has viewed James as the priority in the transfer market.

This comes as no surprise as the illustrious manager previously worked with the playmaker during his time in charge of both ?Real and ?Bayern. 

The 2014 Golden Boot winner has found himself on the bottom of the pecking order as his relationship with manager Zinedine Zidane slowly deteriorated over time with Zidane’s decision to leave James out of the Champions League final squad in 2017 being the tipping point.

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With one of the biggest summer spending sprees in history, the 13-time Champions League winners are eager to recoup the majority of the €75m fee they splashed out five years ago when signing Rodriguez from Monaco in order to fund some more transfer dealings with Paul Pogba among those linked. 

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Vinicius Jr Admits Real Madrid Players Are ‘Tired’ as Pre-Season Tour Kicks Off in US

?Real Madrid youngster Vinicius Junior has admitted his teammates are feeling tired as they continue their preseason preparations with training sessions in Montreal. 

Los Blancos are currently preparing for their North American friendly fixtures, with Bayern Munich first up on July 21 in Houston. As manager Zinedine Zindane is absent for personal reasons, his assistant David Bettoni is overseeing intensive coaching and fitness sessions in Canada. 

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Speaking to the ?club’s official website, Vinicius spoke of the players’ determination as well as their fatigue, as they look to get into shape in time for the new season in August. 

“We’re feeling great,” he said. “We’re a bit tired but we have to do all we can now so we go into the season in great shape. The most important thing is to prepare well to produce a good season. If we start right here I think we’ll finish right as well.”

The Brazilian went on to add: “I’m extremely happy to be here with every member of the club and to be involved in pre-season at the club of my dreams. I’m turning 19 alongside the best players in the world, there’s nothing better. 

“My teammates wished me happy birthday at the hotel and out on the pitch prior to training. I’m thrilled to be here with them. I‘ve evolved a lot. All the players are helping me so that I can then repay that help out on the pitch.”

Vinicius will he hoping to build on an exciting debut campaign for Real. Having joined from Flamengo in a £37.8m deal in 2018; the youngster scored four times in 31 appearances for Los Blancos in his first season. 

He will be looking to impress this summer during the club’s US tour, as he faces competition for a first team place from a number of Real’s big money new arrivals. However, the 19-year-old should have plenty of opportunity to stake a claim for himself during this tour, with high profile fixtures against ?Ars?enal and La Liga rivals ?Atletico Madrid coming up before the end of the month. 

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Manchester United Set New Paul Pogba Price Tag After Agent Mino Raiola’s Comments

?Manchester United have slapped an extra £30m onto midfielder Paul Pogba’s asking price following attempts from his agent Mino Raiola to force through a move away from Old Trafford this summer.

The World Cup winner only returned to United from Juventus in 2016, but Pogba has already claimed he’s looking for a new challenge and is now understood to be targeted once again by the Bianconeri, as well as Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid.

Pogba’s notorious super agent Raiola has been stoking the transfer flames this summer in an attempt to get his client a move, but the Mail claim Manchester United have responded by slapping a new £180m price tag on the midfielder.

It had been originally reported that United would have accepted offers in the region of £150m this summer as they looked at ways of ending the Pogba saga in the north-west.

Out of the two clubs that have been most heavily linked with Pogba, even Manchester United’s lower price tag has caused Juventus to drop out of the race to sign him this summer.

The 26-year-old, who has made 142 career appearances for United, remains a key target for Real Madrid manager Zidane, but the Spanish giants are under pressure to sell some big names before adding to their €303m of new signings.

Another reason behind Manchester United’s increased asking price could also be what fees they’re being quoted for their midfield targets this summer.

Newcastle United’s Sean Longstaff could cost as much as £50m for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this summer.

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Dani Olmo Nears Move to Champions League Side as Agent Rules Out La Liga Switch

?The agent of Dinamo Zagreb wonderkid Dani Olmo has confirmed that the midfielder is nearing a move to a Champions League side, but insisted that Olmo will not be moving to a La Liga side.

The 21-year-old was one of the standout performers of Spain’s triumph at this summer’s European Under-21 Championships, and has been linked with a number of elite sides as a result.

Olmo’s agent, Juanma Lopez, has confirmed (via ?Mundo Deportivo) that the midfielder is incredibly close to finalising his next move and he will be joining a side who will compete in next season’s ?Champions League, but he specifically ruled out sides from ?La Liga.

This means that ?Real Madrid, ?Atletico Madrid and ?Barcelona, with whom Olmo spent several years in their famous academy, have all missed out on signing the 21-year-old, whilst long-term suitors ?AC Milan are also ruled out after they failed to qualify for the Champions League.

The player has been heavily linked to both ?Bayern Munich and ?Liverpool in recent weeks, but it is thought that ?Tottenham Hotspur are leading the race for his signature.

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In fact, he is already thought to have ?reached an agreement with Mauricio Pochettino’s side, and Lopez’s latest words will only fuel talk of an imminent switch to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for Olmo.

?Manchester United are said to have made a late push for the 21-year-old but, with the Red Devils missing out on Champions League football, it would be incredibly unlikely for United to convince Olmo to sign.

A fee of €40m is suggested from whichever side who signs Olmo, with Zagreb pushing to earn as much money as possible from one of Europe’s hottest prospects.

Last season, the Spaniard managed 12 goals and nine assists in all competitions for Dinamo, but it was his performances this summer which really caught the eye. Olmo managed three goals and an assist in his four outings for Spain Under-21’s, netting the decisive goal in their 2-1 victory over Germany in the final.

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