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Watch Lionel Messi reveals ‘failed’ attempt to persuade Sadio Mane to quit Liverpool last season and join Barcelona

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Watch Lionel Messi reveals ‘failed’ attempt to persuade Sadio Mane to quit Liverpool last season and join Barcelona

Sadio Mane just signed a £35 million contract with Bundesliga powerhouse Bayern Munich, much to the dismay of Lionel Messi, who had hoped to team up with the attacker last summer.

Even though Sadio Mane refused to leave Liverpool last summer, Lionel Messi, one of the greatest players to ever step foot on a football field, was unable to do so.

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Liverpool’s Senegalese striker Sadio Mane celebrates after scoring a goal during the UEFA Super Cup 2019 football match between FC Liverpool and FC Chelsea at Besiktas Park Stadium in Istanbul on August 14, 2019. (Photo by Bulent Kilic / AFP) (Photo credit should read BULENT KILIC/AFP via Getty Images)

Following his admission that he wanted to leave the Reds, the Senegal international signed with Bayern Munich earlier this month. Mane’s contract was set to expire in 2023, making this summer Liverpool’s final substantial opportunity to profit from the former Southampton star who brought them £35 million from Bayern.

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Although Messi encouraged the winger to do so, he could have pushed for a transfer away from Anfield earlier.

The attacker, who at the time was in contract negotiations with Barcelona, wanted to partner with Mane to lead the line at Camp Nou, and he let the club know who he thought they should seek in the summer window.

Mane’s agent Bacary Cisse discussed who had contacted his client, revealing that PSG had also spoken with the team before the Bayern move. He said the following to RMC Sport:

“Yes, PSG did indeed ‘attack’ Sadio. Leonardo had several contacts with the German agent

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“They saw each other, they discussed the ins and outs of a possible transfer of Sadio at PSG, but it ended there.

“Everyone knows that Leonardo was on an ejection seat; we had to wait.

“Last year it could have also happened with FC Barcelona. It was Lionel Messi who imposed Sadio Mane in the deal when it was a question of him extending to Barca. He had given two names: Sadio Mane and an Argentinian central defender.”

In a transaction for £35 million, Sadio Mane joined Bayern earlier this month.

Mane chose to stay with Liverpool for an additional season instead. In 32 Premier League games for the team, he scored 16 goals and contributed in the Champions League and Carabao Cup.

However, he must have been frustrated that his tenure with the Merseyside club came to an end in a defeat to Real Madrid in the Champions League final.

Mane has already received plenty of praise from Messi. The former Barca player admitted in 2019 that he believed Mane should have placed higher than fourth in the Ballon d’Or standings for that year.

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He said: “It’s a shame to see Mane finish in fourth place

“But I think there have been a lot of great players this year. That’s why it was difficult to choose a particular player. But I chose Sadio Mane (for The Best award) because he’s a player that I like.

“Mane achieved a great year that was exceptional for the entire Liverpool team. That’s why I chose him.”

Mane has also been mentioned in relation to the Ballon d’Or this year, although Karim Benzema of Real Madrid is most likely to win the prize following a stellar year in which he scored 44 goals across all competitions.

Speaking about the award, Messi said:

“I think there are no doubts this year, it is very clear that [Karim] Benzema had a spectacular year and ended up victorious in the Champions League, being essential from the last 16 onwards in all the games.”

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Liverpool are exploring signing Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante to strengthen their midfield, according to reports.

Liverpool wants to aim to turn around the Reds’ fortunes by bringing N’Golo Kante to Anfield in what would be a spectacular cross-Premier League trade.

That’s according to one report that says that the Merseysiders are looking at the iconic Chelsea midfielder as an option. Kante has been injured all season, following an injury sustained early in the season against Tottenham Hotspur, and is yet to feature under Graham Potter.

But with Liverpool seeking midfield reinforcements – and potentially shelling out for a big rebuild – Kante could be an ingenious solution.

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According to Catalan outlet El Nacional, via Football365, Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has made the request to ownership Fenway Sports Group to bring the World Cup winner to Liverpool in the summer.

Kante’s contract expires at the end of the current campaign, and it’s unlikely that Chelsea would renew it. Bringing in Kante for nothing could be a wise option with Liverpool needing to rebuild this summer and a hefty bid for Jude Bellingham rumoured.

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Kante’s contract expires at the end of the current campaign. (Getty Images)

However, the 31-year-old has experienced injury problems in the previous two seasons, and since Klopp hasn’t been able to rely on the physical wellbeing of players like Curtis Jones, Naby Keita, Thiago Alcantara, Arthur Melo, Jordan Henderson, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in recent seasons, adding another injury-prone midfielder might not be a good idea.

especially in light of the pay. Kante would not be cheap because he is most likely one of the highest-paid players in the Premier League right now and Kante is valued at €30m by Transfermarkt

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Klopp has ruled out any new signings(opens in new tab) before Tuesday’s deadline, with attacker Cody Gakpo the only new face this month.

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(Video) Watch Darwin Nunez’s Brighton highlights as the Uruguayan impresses and continues his return from injury

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(Video) Watch Darwin Nunez’s Brighton highlights as the Uruguayan impresses and continues his return from injury

For the majority, it was a day to forget as Liverpool was defeated by Brighton once more, our attempt to win back the FA Cup was unsuccessful, and Darwin Nunez was given another opportunity to shine on the left flank.

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After being substituted for goal-scoring Harvey Elliott at the hour mark, our No. 27 began his comeback from injury by finding himself in some precarious positions out wide.

It’s fantastic to see that the Uruguayan is capable of these typically high octave performances since his willingness to run and apply pressure to the defense nearly won the ball back high up the pitch.

 

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Liverpool tipped to agree signing of £21.9million star player before deadline

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Liverpool has wasted time during the January transfer window despite knowing how much the team needs a dynamic midfielder.

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Paul Robinson, a former goalkeeper for Tottenham, believes the Reds should sign Ryan Gravenberch, a Dutch international, on a late-season loan from Bayern Munich.

 

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Ryan Gravenberch (Getty images)

The retired England international told Football Insider:

“Gravenberch has not played much this year. He has been a bit-part player at best for Bayern Munich. He has so much potential. Let’s not forget he is still just 20. I think he is a good player from what I’ve seen of him.”

“Perhaps he needs a new manager. He could flourish under somebody like Jurgen Klopp. If Liverpool can get him on loan, why not? It is an area that we all know they need to look at. I would not be against that move.”

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Gravenberch is a talented central midfielder, who won multiple league titles with Ajax under the management of Erik ten Hag.

The 20-year-old made direct contributions to 9 goals in all competitions last season, including 7 (2 goals and 5 assists) in the league-championship campaign.

The Dutch Eredivisie giants sold him to Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich in the summer transfer window for a fee of £21.9 million (25 million euros).

However, the youthful midfielder has primarily served as a bench warmer since going to Germany. The Netherlands player has only played 221 minutes in the competition and has yet to start a league game for the Bavarians.

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The 11-cap international was unable to secure a spot in Louis van Gaal’s World Cup roster without regular football.

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With only two days left in the January transfer window in which to complete any late deals and strengthen Jurgen Klopp’s squad for the rest of the season.

There are now only two days left in the January transfer market, so any last-minute dreams that Liverpool might strengthen their team are quickly fading.

By announcing the signing of Cody Gakpo from PSV Eindhoven before the month had even begun, the Reds got the window off to a fast start. They beat out rival Manchester United for the attacker, giving the fan base newfound hope.

However, their form has been awful throughout the entire month of January, and even though it cannot be done in the next 48 hours, the necessity for a renewal in the summer is evident.

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Liverpool’s top transfer priority is still Jude Bellingham yet other players will have to leave in order to restructure a depleted team.

Alex Oxlade- Chamberlain and Jurgen Klopp

A number of the Red’s Midfield player’s contracts will expire in the summer. (Getty Images)

Liverpool will do everything in their power to land Bellingham at the end of the season – and they have been handed a morsel of hope in what will surely be a difficult process.

Borussia Dortmund is no pushover when it comes to selling star players; over the last two summers, the club made £73 million and £51 million respectively by offloading Jadon Sancho and Erling Haaland.

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Bellingham is being kept this time around in an effort to prevent a repeat, but Fabrizio Romano claims that he is “expected” to go due in large part to the weight of all the interest.

To get him, Liverpool will have to compete with Real Madrid, Chelsea, Manchester United, and probably many other teams.

According to The Daily Mail, the club has been reportedly scouting the rosters of teams like Atletico Madrid, Juventus, and Paris Saint-Germain in the hopes that a last-minute midfielder deal may be made.

Liverpool is content to hold out on making its major acquisitions until the summer, but they are also open to any options that may arise right away.

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The likes of Naby Keita, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and James Milner are all out of contract in the summer, while the loan deal for Arthur Melo will expire too.

Although it appears likely that Liverpool will remain silent in the closing hours of the transfer window, one transaction may still be completed.

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Liverpool have wasted time in the January transfer window knowing that they badly need a versatile midfielder to boost the squad.

Former Spurs goalie, Paul Robinson, thinks the Reds should secure a late-window loan signing of Dutch international, Ryan Gravenberch, from Bayern Munich.

The retired England international told Football Insider:

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“Gravenberch has not played much this year. He has been a bit-part player at best for Bayern Munich. He has so much potential. Let’s not forget he is still just 20. I think he is a good player from what I’ve seen of him.”

“Perhaps he needs a new manager. He could flourish under somebody like Jurgen Klopp. If Liverpool can get him on loan, why not? It is an area that we all know they need to look at. I would not be against that move.”

Gravenberch is a gifted central midfielder who played for Ajax under Erik ten Hag and won numerous league championships.

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The 20-year-old made direct contributions to 9 goals in all competitions last season, including 7 (2 goals and 5 assists) in the champions League campaign.

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Ryan Gravenberch (Getty images)

The Dutch Eredivisie giants sold him to Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich in the summer transfer window for a fee of £21.9 million (25 million euros).

However, the young midfielder has mainly served as a bench warmer since going to Germany. The Netherlands player has only played 221 minutes in the competition and has yet to start a league game for the Bavarians.

The 11-cap international was unable to secure a spot in Louis van Gaal’s World Cup squad without regular football.

Liverpool were linked with the Oranje midfielder back in 2021. It remains to be seen if Gravenberch to Anfield will be possible before the transfer deadline ends next week.

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