Liverpool fans don’t really know what to make of the news they are set to sign Sadio Mane for a reported £34 million.
The 24-year-old is understood to have undergone a medical at the Melwood training ground this afternoon with a deal expected to be announced on Tuesday.
The Senegal international has impressed during his two seasons at Southampton but Liverpool supporters are understandably wary of splashing in excess of £30 million on a player. The Reds have had a few expensive mistakes in recent years, including spending £35 million on Andy Carroll and £32.5 million on Christian Benteke.
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But with plenty of years left in his career and two successful campaigns on the south coast - where he has scored 21 goals - the signing of Mane seems a lot less of a risk than the two aforementioned flops.
While many Liverpool supporters are trying to work out whether the signing of Mane is a good one or not, a club legend has given his opinion.
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Jamie Carragher is Liverpool through and through and he has offered his views on the imminent transfer.
“Liked Mane at Southampton but I do think 30 mil is expensive but if he delivers it'll be worth it like every transfer. It's 30 not 38.5 mil!” He tweeted.
Contrasting reports suggest Mane could cost Liverpool slightly more than £30 million in add-ons, but Carragher rubbished those reports when someone replied to him a picture of Sky Sports’ claim that the fee will rise to £36 million.
Carragher said: “’Sky sources’ got nothing on me!”
Some Liverpool fans may wish that the club splash more than £35 million on Mane though as they would no longer have to call Carroll the club’s record signing.
Despite playing behind the striker or on the wing, Mane managed 15 goals last season - a tally that would have made him Liverpool’s top goalscorer last season. When you consider that the Merseysiders played several more matches than the Saints due to reaching the Europa League final, it’s understandable that Jurgen Klopp is keen to bring him to the club.
And if Carragher has given the move a thumbs up, so too should every Liverpool fan.
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