Liverpool - Senegalese international striker Sadio Mane is on the verge of
signing for English Premier League giants Liverpool from Southampton,
according to British media reports.
The 24-year-old - who would
become the fifth player from Southampton to sign for Liverpool in the
past two seasons - will reportedly cost £34 million
subject to passing a medical.
To finance part of the deal,
Liverpool - who unlike Southampton failed to qualify for European
competition - are believed to be ready to sell out-of-sorts Belgian
international striker Christian Benteke, who failed to sparkle last term
following his £32.5 million transfer from Aston Villa.
- who will bring Southampton a huge profit on the £10 million they paid
Austrian side Salzburg in 2014 - pass the medical he will join former
Saints stars Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren and Nathaniel Clyne at the club,
whilst another former Southampton player Rickie Lambert was also at
Liverpool but has since moved on.
Mane, who scored 11 goals last
term, is the second star name to leave managerless Southampton in the
past week after Kenyan midfield enforcer Victor Wanyama joined Spurs for
Southampton, who did dip into the transfer market on
Saturday buying winger Nathan Redmond for £10 million from relegated
Norwich City, have been without a manager since Dutchman Ronald Koeman
left to take over at rivals Everton earlier this month.