Zinedine Zidane is looking to revolutionise his Real Madrid attack this summer, with Senegalese forward Sadio Mane topping the Frenchman's wish list because of the qualities he's shown at Liverpool in the last few months.
Mane is enjoying his best season to date, with 20 goals in all competitions this term meaning he has already equaled his entire tally from last season. However, it is not just the 26-year-old's goal scoring exploits which have enticed new Madrid boss Zidane.
Zinedine Zidane has picked out Sadio Mane as Real Madrid's primary transfer target for the upcoming summer transfer window...https://t.co/N856Df7uEz— 90min (@90min_Football) March 25, 2019
In a report by Spanish publication Marca, they confirm Los Blancos' desire for someone who will grab a match by the scruff of the neck, and possesses lightening quick pace - both of which are apparently key areas Zidane has earmarked for improvement. The Frenchman himself is reported to have requested the move himself to the club's decision makers.
Vinicius Jr has added some much needed spark to a Madrid frontline, however, that has been unquestionably weakened since Cristiano Ronaldo's departure, thus the need for a further injection of dynamism in attack has become vital in Zidane's plans.
However, despite the interest shown in Mane, Spanish football expert Guillem Balague stated on his YouTube channel that the story is already dead in the water, with the Reds having no intention of selling their forward.
Real Madrid are being linked with so many people: Mane, Hazard, Neymar, Eriksen, Mbappe, De Gea. What's made up and what's grounded in fact? That, and more, in the latest episode of @FootballIndexUK #AskGuillem. #WatchNow pic.twitter.com/hKyG8q1bJ9— Guillem Balague (@GuillemBalague) March 26, 2019
"Let me tell you what I know of that. Basically yes we do know for certain that Zidane wanted Mane to come in the summer," he said.
"Conversations took place, as in Real Madrid showed interest in him. But of course Zidane left and that was that. So it was an easy story to recover – and that’s what has happened. The story is out there again but the problem is Liverpool have basically no interest whatsoever in getting rid of Mane. There is no buyout clause. There is no way to actually get Mane out of Liverpool. So with that in mind I would say that story is basically dead."