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Who will sign Southampton’s Sadio Mane this summer?

Southampton forward Sadio Mane has hit double figures for Premier League for the second consecutive season.

Southampton forward Sadio Mane has hit double figures for Premier League for the second consecutive season.

Southampton forward Sadio Mane has enjoyed another decent Premier League campaign in his second term in England, and looks destined for a move this summer.

The 24-year-old has hit double figures for goals for the second consecutive season at St Mary’s, and is expected to be inundated with offers from sides around Europe as a result. But who will he be playing for in August?

Mane ending the season strongly

Mane has scored 10 goals and made six assists in 28 Premier League starts this season, and is on course to set a new personal record if he can fire again before the campaign comes to a close. While having struggled with inconsistency at times throughout the course of the season, Sadio Mane has real quality when he’s in form, and has been ending 2015/16 on a high.

The Senegalese international has created 39 chances and has made 71 successful dribbles, and has been linked with a host of top sides this season as a result. Manchester United had a bid rejected for the forward, and they’re expected to renew their interest in the summer. Mane’s versatility in the final third is a big positive, but his asking price might be steep.

Many top sides will be keen on Mane

Southampton don’t want to keep selling their best players as it’s costing them in their development as a club. However, Mane seemed keen for the Old Trafford switch when United’s bid was rejected in January, and talks are sure to resume in some form when the season comes to a close. Memphis Depay has struggled at United, and may well be cashed in on to fund a move for a new winger. Mane certainly has the quality to shine with the Red Devils.

He’s a powerful forward who can scored and create goals, but does also provide some industry in the wide areas by making important tackles. He’s a strong player and will often simplify his role to just whipping balls into the box for the attackers. He’s capable of playing as a winger to create chances, as well as being an able inside forward to score goals.

Southampton reportedly turned down a bid of £29.4M from Manchester United in January, and are bracing themselves for interest elsewhere. Mane has shown real quality in his two years in the Premier League, and may fancy his chance playing for a club in European competition next season. Manchester City and Chelsea have been linked with his signature, but United are said to be in the driving seat.

Wed 4 May, 2016
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