Newcastle were today again linked with highly rated striker Sadio Mane, who plays for Red Bull Salzburg, and it’s the second tine we have been linked with the midfielder this month.
Sadio Maine – 15 times capped Senegal midfielder
The Mirror has reported today that Tottenham were one of the Premier League clubs interested in signing the 5’9″ tall player who was born in Sedhiou in Senegal.
The paper is reporting that Chelsea and Manchester City are also interested in signing the 21 year-old, and if that’s true Newcastle may not have much chance in tying up this very good youngster.
21 year-old Sadio Mane turns 22 on April 10th, and is said to be rated at around £10M, and he played four times in the London Olympics for the Senegal side.
Mane joined French club Metz in the summer of 2011, and then in the summer of 2012 he joined Red Bull Salzburg for £4M.
Newcastle’s Chief Scout Graham Carr has been watching him a number of in Austria, as Newcastle are lining up as many as seven different transfer targets for the summer.
The People reported at the beginning of March that Sadio was even keen to come to Newcastle, where he will find a lot of French-speaking players ,and of course Papiss Cisse has been here for just over two years.
If Newcastle manage to sign him he would settle down very quickly, and the advantage Newcastle have is they could offer him first team football immediately.
His goal-scoring record at Salzburg is terrific – and he’s played 70 times for Salzburg with 39 goals and 26 assists, and is currently a hot property in Europe.
This season he has 41 appearances for Red Bull Salzburg with 20 goals and 16 assists and is having a terrific season.
If Newcastle are really interested in this player, we have to hope they will move quickly and get him signed up before even more top clubs become interested in the young striker.
What do you think?
Note: Sean Borland is a student in Newcastle and will not be at either the Man United (5 April) or Swansea (19 April) games – and he has tickets – £30 for the ManU game and £20 for the Swansea game – you can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or sean4eva09 on twitter.