Liverpool scouts to watch Man Utd Champions League tie in Sadio Mane successor search

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Sadio Mane is believed to be in talks with Liverpool over a new contract but his club are lining up possible replacements and have cast their eyes on a former EFL Championship star

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Liverpool scouts have reportedly been tasked to attend Manchester United’s clash with Villarreal as the club look for a successor for Sadio Mane.

United face the Spanish side on Wednesday as they bid to get their Champions League campaign back on track.

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And according to Dutch publication Voetbal International, Liverpool recruitment chiefs are sending scouts to the game at Old Trafford to continue their observations on winger Arnaut Danjuma.

The 24-year-old was plying his trade for Bournemouth in the Championship last season before sealing a transfer which could eventually cost Villarreal £21.3million.

That is, of course, if they do not opt to cash-in on their asset now Liverpool are sniffing around.








Arnaut Danjuma has been impressing in Spain since his move from Bournemouth
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The Reds are said to have shown an ‘above-average interest’ in Danjuma – who scored 15 goals in 33 appearances in English football’s second tier last season.

The report adds they are ‘particularly charmed’ by the Dutchman and feel his skillset and attributes make him a potential candidate to replace Mane in the years to come.

Mane, 29, is currently under contract with Liverpool until 2023, though talks are believed to have begun over a new deal.

Liverpool are keeping tabs on possible replacements however, in the event Mane does move on in the near future.

Danjuma could represent a good long-term option for Liverpool, given he has already made an immediate impact in La Liga.





In five games he has already grabbed two goals, as well as another as a substitute in Villarreal’s 2-2 draw with Atalanta in the Champions League.

Speaking after the game, boss Unai Emery said: “The idea was to bring in fresh players, guys who have experience at this level.

“Danjuma is still in a learning process, he still has to adapt, but that is actually happening very quickly. He has a good click with his teammates, and played very well tonight.”

Danjuma proved a big hit on the south coast over his two-year spell with Bournemouth – who paid £13.7m to sign him from Club Brugge in 2019.








Liverpool are now monitoring Danjuma’s progress at Villarreal
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He was voted by Cherries’ fans as the club’s 2020/21 player of the season, even scoring in each leg of the playoff semi-final despite losing on aggregate to Brentford – who drew with Liverpool on Saturday.

Former boss Jonathan Woodgate said of Danjuma back in March: “He can go as high as he wants to, but he’s got to always want more, always try to be that best.

“If something doesn’t go right in a game, be disappointed, try and improve constantly and that’s what he’s doing.

“I’m really pleased and I’ve been very impressed. I had high expectations about Arnie, really high expectations.”




Liverpool’s need for a forward is set to be heightened at the turn of the year when they will lose both Mane and Mohamed Salah to African Cup of Nations duty for the respective countries.

Speaking earlier this month about the duo’s impending absence – which could last a month – Klopp said: “We knew it, we have to deal with it, and we will deal with it. How? We will have to see in January.

“People are saying now that we have to sign two strikers of the same quality as Sadio and Mo, but that cannot be a solution as we cannot do that.

“So we need to find a solution in January.”


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