Liverpool fears over Sadio Mane transfer eased as Real Madrid make Erling Haaland decision

Liverpool have been given renewed hope that they might be able to hang onto Real Madrid target Sadio Mane this summer. The Liverpool hit-man is on the shopping list of Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane but it would appear that he isn’t his first choice option.

Zidane has made Borussia Dortmund’s Norwegian hit-man Erling Haaland his top target after scoring 12 goals in his first 11 appearances for the Bundesliga outfit.

Dortmund rate Haaland who they only signed from Red Bull Salzburg for £18million in January at around £50million.

While Liverpool are likely to want at least double that for Senegal international Mane, 27, who is eight years older.

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Mane has been Liverpool’s stand out player this season and his 14 Premier League goals have taken the club to the verge of their first league title in 30 years.

Zidane is also keen on Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang but has told him that he isn’t one of the first names that will make a move for.

Aubameyang will only get the call as a Plan B if Zidane fails to land either of his first two choices Haaland and Mane.

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Arsenal legend Charlie Nicholas believes the Gunners goal machine could be tempted to try his luck in La Liga.

Nicholas told Sky Sports: “Would Aubameyang say that he has done Germany and England?

Could it be time to move to Spain? He is a similar age to Thierry Henry when he went to Barcelona to play with Lionel Messi and Xavi, before winning titles and Champions Leagues.

“I could see him moving to the Nou Camp, but Real Madrid could also be an option.”

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It is unclear when the transfer window will reopen due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic that has ground professional football across the globe to a halt.

The Premier League – plus EFL and PFA – issued a fresh statement on Friday indicating that play would only resume “when it is safe and conditions allow”.

It read: “The leagues will not recommence until 30 April at the earliest. They will only do so when it is safe and conditions allow.

“Further meetings will take place next week with a view to formulating a joint plan to deal with the difficult circumstances facing the leagues, their clubs, players, staff and fans.”

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