Mohamed Salah offered Barcelona role as Sadio Mane bids Bayern Munich move – Paper Round
Mane determined to leave
The Telegraph reports on the background to Sadio Mane’s future at Liverpool. The newspaper claims the 30-year-old Senegal international has no interest in new terms at Anfield, with a contract that expires in a year, and is unwilling to negotiate. The club are instead focused on securing a decent sum for the player, with Bayern Munich linked.
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Paper Round’s point of view: Given that there are no health or fitness concerns for Mane, he could probably continue with the same levels of performance for a few more years, so the idea that he could cost around 40 million pounds does not seem unreasonable. Bayern will likely have to replace Robert Lewandowski this summer, with the Polish striker also interested in a new challenge.
Salah offered a role to Barca
Mohamed Salah does not seem to be in a rush to leave Liverpool, however. The Mirror says the 29-year-old Egypt international won’t force a departure from the club with one year remaining on his contract, but he’s not desperate to renew at Anfield as Xavi Hernandez wants him next year on a transfer free, to join Lewandowski, as well as Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves.
Paper Round’s point of view: Neves would be a great addition to the midfield and looks like a player ready to step up to the next level, and Lewandowski is perhaps the best striker in the world. Players such as Memphis Depay could find themselves on the road to exit as despite the deal with Spotify the club will likely still have to cut their current wage bill and raise funds.
Arsenal set for huge offer from Jesus
The Sun claim Arsenal are ready to offer Gabriel Jesus a weekly salary of £190,000 to move to the Etihad. The 25-year-old Brazilian striker has one year left on his current deal and Pep Guardiola is ready to let him go, but they are seeking a £50million transfer fee. This is also the assessment they have placed on Nathan Ake, who is wanted by Newcastle United boss Eddie Howe.
Paper Round’s point of view: Jesus is a reasonable addition to any team. He’s not quite a world beater, but he’s often an excellent forward presence for City and could do the same for other clubs. £50m is a hefty sum for a player who can soon be scooped up for nothing. As for Ake, he would be the first serious quality player to join Newcastle if he moved.
United face battle to land De Jong
Frenkie De Jong is a long way from wanting to leave Barcelona, and the Mail suggest that Xavi Hernandez only wants to let him go under the right circumstances. The club’s manager will sanction his departure if he manages to bring Bernardo Silva from Manchester City, but he will demand a hefty transfer fee. De Jong could be sold for £70million, however, which could see him leave against Xavi’s wishes.
Paper Round’s point of view: United signed players who didn’t want to be at the club before. Angel Di Maria is perhaps the most glaring example, and he offered an abysmal contribution over the course of a season, and Paul Pogba’s appearances were far more frustrating than impressive. They may have to find lesser players to find the commitment they need, but that’s their fault.
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