Sadio Mane has broken his silence over his Liverpool future, saying he will “do what the Senegalese people want”.
That’s not good news for the Reds given Mane said: “Like everyone else, I’m on social media and I see the comments. Isn’t it between 60 to 70 per cent of Senegalese that want me to leave Liverpool?
“I will do what they want. We will see soon! Don’t be in a hurry because we’ll see this together.”
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Mane has 12 months left on his Liverpool contract but has been heavily linked with a move to German giants Bayern Munich.
Manager Jurgen Klopp was asked about his star forward’s future, but wasn’t prepared to give anything away.
“Wherever Sadio will play next year, he will be a big player,” he said.
Sky Germany reports that Bayern will offer the Reds a fee worth up to €40 million after bonuses (A$60m), and hand Mane a contract until mid 2025.
Liverpool is said to expect a higher offer, but also risks losing Mane for free in a year should a deal not materialise.
Meanwhile, Liverpool is not the only Premier League club that is at risk of losing one of its biggest stars.
Romelu Lukaku is reportedly nearing Chelsea’s exit door for a second time after a troubled season under Thomas Tuchel.
The Telegraph reported that the striker is looking to force through a move back to Inter Milan, where he arrived from just a year ago.
Senior sources at the club are certain that he wants to leave, according to the publication.
Lukaku arrived for a club record fee of £97.5million (A$169m) in the European summer but by December he was telling Sky Italia that he was “not happy” and interested in returning.
The publication reports that should Lukaku get his wish, it would likely be on a season-long loan with an option to buy.
Elsewhere, Harry Kane has suggested there would be no repeat of last summer’s antics when he attempted to force through a move to Manchester City.
City baulked at the massive £150 million fee Spurs were asking and Kane ultimately stayed put.
After a slow start to the season, he was back to his best and, in partnership with Son Heung-min, spearheaded Spurs’ Champions League qualification.
He said he’s now entering the summer with a “freer mind”.
“We had a good finish as a team towards the end of the season and I had a good season personally, which is always great,” he said.
“So I am looking forward to carrying that on into these games. Then, as I touched on earlier, getting a nice break over the summer.”