Real Madrid continue to eye Liverpool goal hero Sadio Mane after the attacker’s exploits this season… but a summer swoop will cost more than £130million.
Jurgen Klopp is desperate to hold on to the Senegalese attacker – and would even demand superstar Marco Asensio should the La Liga giants make a move for Mane.
Zinedine Zidane is planning a huge overhaul at the Bernabeu and the former Southampton star was described as a “luxury” signing by El Confidencial.
The French manager was reportedly tracking the Senegal international last year, and has now rekindled his interest after returning to Madrid last month.
The Spanish outlet adds that Liverpool would be unwilling to sell a prized asset cheaply with Mane expected to fetch almost as much as Philippe Coutinho’s £145m transfer to Barcelona last year.
The Merseysiders hold all the negotiating power after the Premier League player of the month signed a new five-year deal with the club in November.
And Zidane knows that any of his favoured targets won’t come cheaply with Manchester United’s Paul Pogba and Chelsea star Eden Hazard also linked.
He told Radio Gaceta de los Deportes: “Pogba would be a very interesting signing. He is a young player, a box-to-box midfielder, we would be delighted to have him.”
Hazard fuelled speculation he will link up with his idol Zidane at Madrid with the 28-year-old’s contract at Stamford Bridge expiring at the end of next season.
Of the Belgian star, Vasquez added: “Spectacular, every year we are talking about one or the other, it’s normal.
“Real Madrid have to come and get the best players in the world and I think Hazard is among them.”