Southampton issue hands off warning to Manchester United over Sadio Mane
Published 23/11/2015 | 13:30
Southampton are ready to offer Sadio Mane a bumper new contract in a bid to fend of interest from Premier League rivals in the upcoming transfer window.
Manchester United made an enquiry about Mane's availability in the final days of the summer transfer window, but failed to follow up their initial approach with any kind of formal offer for the Senegal forward who joined Southampton from Red Bull Salzburg in the summer of 2014.
There is still some bemusement at Southampton in the transfer rumours that swirled around United’s interest in Mane last summer, with a formal offer from the Old Trafford club failing to materialise.
The unsettling nature of the stories disrupted Mane’s start to the season, but he has bounced back to form in recent weeks and looks set to be a big transfer target for top clubs in the upcoming transfer window.
Saints boss Ronald Koeman has helped to mould the 23-year-old attacking midfielder into one of the most prized assets in the Premier League over the last couple of seasons and United are not the only club interested in his services.
Chelsea are also believed to be monitoring Mane as they look to inject some pace into their attacking line, yet Saints are hoping they can end the rumours surrounding Mane’s future by tying him down to a new contract.
His current deal expires in the summer of 2018 and Southampton are hopeful that the success he has enjoyed in his first two seasons in their colours will persuade him to stay despite the high profile interest flowing in his direction.