The Red Devils have been increasingly linked with a move for the Saints attacker in recent weeks, but the Mirror note that the heavyweight duo of Bayern and the Blues are now also keen on the player, and may look to rival any move United make.
According to the tabloid, the player himself has edged the situation closer to a January transfer by revealing to his current employers that he won’t be willing to sign a new contract at St. Mary’s, a conviction that may see the club seek to offload him sooner rather than later.
The Mirror note that Mane’s contract ends in 2018, and while that doesn’t necessarily mean Saints must offload him this January—the club have insisted that’s not on the cards [Mirror]—the risk of missing out on a fee for the player increases the longer the south-coast club leave it.
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Mane was one of two players—along with Victor Wanyama—who were on the receiving end of a verbal bashing last weekend, with Saint manager Ronald Koeman slamming the pair for ill-discipline in light of the south-coast club’s defeat to Norwich City [Express and Star].