Manchester United and Manchester City are set for a summer battle to sign Southampton forward Sadio Mane.
This has been reported by The Sun, who claim that the Manchester duo are both interested in securing the player's services ahead of the 2016/17 season.
The report claims that Mane, who has struggled to hit top form recently, is rated at £30 million.
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Despite only scoring three goals in 25 Premier League appearances this season, Mane is held in high regard, but it's far from certain as to whether United or City will pay the full £30m to land him.
As it stands, Mane is having trouble getting into the Southampton team. In fact, he was dropped ahead of the club's game against Swansea City this past weekend.
Following the game, Saints boss Ronald Koeman revealed why Mane failed to make the team. The Dutchman stated: “We play a little bit different at the moment.
“We do not play with three in front, we play with two strikers and that is one reason Mane did not start.
“In the last few weeks he has been struggling a little bit with his performances.”
Is Mane worth the money?
At just 23-years-old, the versatile forward is clearly still learning the game, so there's no reason why he won't go from strength-to-strength over the coming years.
But £30m seems a lot of money to pay for a player who is yet to really prove himself on a consistent basis.
It's difficult to tell whether he's even good enough for either Manchester club. In truth, both United and City should be looking for more established players at this stage.
The Red Devils are clearly missing pacey stars from their attack, but they are also in need of quality. Dutchman Memphis Depay has failed to contribute throughout the course of the campaign, but he has a great deal of potential and must be handed an opportunity at redemption. The signing of Mane would only hinder his progression at the Theatre of Dreams.
With Pep Guardiola incoming at Manchester City, it wouldn't come as a major surprise if he made a couple of big changes over the course of the summer. But is Mane really a Guardiola-type player?
That remains to be seen, of course, but City fans won't exactly be getting too excited at the prospect of the Southampton man lining up for the club next season.
Is Mane worth £30m? Have your say below!
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