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By Mike Parrott
With Barcelona looking for a replacement for Lionel Messi, a Liverpool star is open to becoming the replacement and to reunite with manager Ronald Koeman.
Lionel Messi is seemingly on his way out of Barcelona.
After a 19-year spell at the Catalan club, Messi handed in a transfer request on August 25th to Barcelona officials and is in talks with clubs such as Manchester City, Juventus, and Paris Saint-Germain.
With this news, Barcelona and Ronald Koeman are looking for a replacement, and the Dutch manager seems to have found who he wants.
Lionel Messi leaving will be a disaster, but Koeman will use his contacts to bring in a player Barcelona fans will love. :heart_eyes: https://t.co/KbWLyuzJUh
- SPORTbible (@sportbible) August 28, 2020
Even though it is well-known that Koeman wants Mane, the Senegalese international is open to the move, believing that a switch to Barcelona would help him win individual honours according to Mundo Deportivo.
Mane only finished fourth in the 2019 Ballon D'Or when he arguably should have finished second behind Messi.
The Liverpool forward is also allegedly irked by the perception that his teammates Jordan Henderson and Mohamed Salah earn more plaudits than he does for Liverpool's success.
Barcelona reportedly acknowledge they would need to part with around £107million for the 28-year-old. However, with Messi and Luis Suarez looking set to leave, a player like Mane is needed.
Koeman has requested Depay as his first major Barcelona signing, reports RAC1 ✍️
Good move? pic.twitter.com/pPDBSSteVp
- Goal (@goal) August 21, 2020
The Catalan-based team have also been linked with Memphis Depay from Lyon to team-up with Mane and Antoine Griezmann as Koeman's ideal front three.
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