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Sadio Mane’s transfer agreement with Manchester United, as Louis van Gaal confirms his claim

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Sadio Mane’s transfer agreement with Manchester United, as Louis van Gaal confirms his claim

Louis van Gaal has acknowledged that  Manchester United were highly interested in Sadio Mane during his tenure as manager, after the Bayern Munich star admitted he was close to joining the Red Devils.

United manager Van Gaal made it his mission to acquire the Senegalese international after Mane drew the attention of the Premier League’s elite while playing for Southampton.

Mane rejected the Red Devils in favour of their bitter rivals Liverpool after receiving a phone call from Jurgen Klopp at just the right moment.

Reflecting on the missed opportunity to sign the forward, Netherlands boss Van Gaal told Dutch publication NOS: “Sadio Mane is a true team player and this is the reason why I really wanted to sign him (at Manchester United).

“These are difficult players to play against.”

Mane recalled the story in an interview with the Daily Telegraph back in May: 

“I have to say, I was really close to going to Manchester United. I had the contract there. I had it all agreed.

“It was all ready, but instead, I thought, ‘No, I want to go to Liverpool.’

“I was convinced to go with (Jurgen) Klopp’s project. I still remember the first time I got the call from Klopp. He said, ‘We have a big project at Liverpool and I want you to be part of it.’

“Then he asked what position I wanted because he could see at Southampton I played on the right side and I used to play on the left. I said I prefer left, and then he said, ‘But (Philippe) Coutinho is on the left!’

“So I said, never mind, I will play on the right. I could see myself in all the positions.”

This summer, Mane left Liverpool for Bayern Munich after six seasons on Merseyside. 

As they parted ways with Robert Lewandowski, who joined Barcelona, the German giants shelled out £35 million for his signature.

Sadio Mane’s transfer agreement with Manchester United, as Louis van Gaal confirms his claim

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