Sadio Mane Could Cost Barcelona A World Record £225 Million Fee This Summer
Barcelona would have to pay a whopping £225 million to sign Sadio Mane this summer, smashing the world record for a transfer currently held by Neymar.
The Liverpool forward has been linked with a move to Barca or rivals Real Madrid this summer, along with teammate Mo Salah, and the Res would be desperate to keep hold of him.
One thing that could play into Real's hands is that Barcelona would have to pay more. As per the Mirror they have an agreement with the Reds that they will pay £89 million above the market value for any of their players until summer 2021.
With Transfermarkt currently valuing the Senegal forward at £135 million it would mean the Catalan giants smashing the £198 million that PSG paid them for Neymar to get their hands on Mane.
The agreement is in place because of the Spanish champion's move for Philippe Coutinho in January 2018. After spending several months trying to sign the midfielder. Barca finally agreed a £140 million fee him.
Part of the deal included the clause that meant the La Liga leaders had to pay a huge premium on any other players from Anfield until next summer.
Quique Setien's side were hoping to add a forward in January after the injury to Luis Suarez disrupted their season but they failed to get anyone in.
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Ousmane Dembele's injury after the transfer window was closed gave them the chance to make an emergency signing and they brought in Martin Braithwaite.
Suarez's age and Dembele's injury record means that Barca could still be looking to add another forward to their side in the summer, despite the money spent on Antoine Griezmann last year.
However rivals Real Madrid may have even more reason to be looking for a world class forward, having still failed to replace Cristiano Ronaldo's goals.
Eden Hazard's injury problems, and lack of form, have led to the issues at the Bernabeu and Luka Jovic has also proved to be a flop so far, with just two goals in La Liga and Zinedine Zidane doesn't seem to trust the former Frankfurt striker.
Mane has continued to be integral to Liverpool's success and the 27-year-old has scored 13 goals in the league and provided six assists for his teammates.
Right now it doesn't really make sense for any of Liverpool's players to leave Merseyside but the allure of Real and Barca always seems to make a difference.
Will Liverpool keep hold of the former Southampton forward?