*for A?30 million.
Depending on the country, the summer transfer window opens in June or July, going all the way through August or September, respectively. But that doesn’t mean silly season is not already upon us. So that’s why every Saturday over the next few months, I’ll select my favorite rumor of the week and break down whether it makes sense or not. It can be about any team or player, so long as it’s typically linked within the top five leagues across Europe.
Hey, it’s a transfer windowa��you know what that means? Liverpool is going to raid Southampton for at least one of their players. In the previous two seasons, they’ve taken Rickie Lambert, Dejan Lovren, Adam Lallana, and Nathaniel Clyne.
This time, they’re linked to 24-year-old midfielder/winger Sadio ManA�. And why not? JA?rgen Klopp will be looking to improve his squad. And without European football to offer potential newcomers, he may have to turn to other, somewhat smaller names.
Enter the impressive ManA�.
Yes, Southampton finished higher in the table than Liverpool. Yes, Southampton will be playing in Europe once the 2016 campaign begins while Liverpool will not be. But still, yes, Liverpool will almost always be a preferred destination for those currently at Southampton.
Here’s what’s fun about this: Liverpool could have had ManA� earlier. Even better: if reports are to be believed, the Reds will have to pay at least A?30 million for him. This seems like as good a time as any to remind Liverpool supporters that they could have (and probably should have?) had Dele Alli as well. Instead, he signed with Tottenham Hotpsur for about A?5 million.
But yes, A?30 million for ManA�. Let’s get right to it then, shall we?
The current Southampton playmaker can play either out wide or centrally behind the striker(s). For the Saints, he featured more as central midfieldera��something I imagine Klopp and Co. wouldn’t mind having another one of.
In 67 appearances for the Saints over the last two years, he’s netted 21 goals and added 9 assists:
- 2014a��30 appearances, 10 goals, 3 assists.
- 2015a��37 appearances, 11 goals, 6 assists.
Countless clubs would take that sort of production out of their midfielder (or winger). So without further ado, let’s get to the fun.
Would this make sense for ManA�?
Generally speaking, taking the step from Southampton to Liverpool is a no-brainer. But ManA� will have a choice: stick it out with the Saintsa��despite yet another managerial change and quite possibly a player exodusa��and be guaranteed to play in Europe in 2016, or go to a bigger club and make more money.
Should he follow in the footsteps of numerous Southampton players over the past two years or be one of the rare ones to hang around?
But to answer the question: Yes, this absolutely makes sense for ManA�. If it’s possible to go to a bigger club at his age, you let it happen. Plus, you know, history and all that.
Would this make sense for Liverpool?
I mean, I guess?
Like I said, Klopp and Liverpool may have to get creative with signings this summer solely due to the fact that European football does not exist for the club this coming campaign.
Mane would immediately make the Reds a bit more dangerous in midfield, or at the very least add solid, experienced depth to the squad. Here’s the thing, though: If he’s going to cost any side at least A?30 million, you better believe he’ll be starting more often than not.
If this were a year in which Liverpool could offer European competition, I’d imagine they’d aim a little higher than Southampton for players yet again. But that’s not where we are at the moment, so…
Is this move likely to happen?
It’s summer, the season is over, and there are reports linking a Southampton player to Liverpool. Of course this move is going to happen.
Previous Rumors of the Week: