Manchester United readying swoop for Southampton attacker

A bid in the region of €40 million is being prepared for the Red Devils for the Senegalese forward but he may be forced to wait until the summer to make the move

Southampton's Senegalese midfielder Sadio Mane reacts after missing a chance during the English Premier League football match between Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur at St Mary's Stadium in Southampton, southern England on December 19, 2015. AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL

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Manchester United have turned their attention to Southampton’s Sadio Mane in the hope of adding some firepower to Louis van Gaal’s squad.

Mane has come of the back of an impressive first season in English football and so far has contributed seven goals and eight assists in 25 appearances for the Saints this season.

The forward was dropped to the bench before his side’s tie against Norwich City on Saturday after showing up late for a pre-match team meeting, something which United hope to utilise, although despite this it seems that Southampton have no intention of selling the forward this January.

Southampton's Senegalese midfielder Sadio Mane reacts after failing to equalise during the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Southampton at The Etihad stadium in Manchester, north west England on November 28, 2015. AFP PHOTO / LINDSEY PARNABY RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.

The Daily Mail reports that Mane expects to remain with Southampton for now but is unlikely to extend his current contract, which is set to run until 2018.

As such he is set to head for the exit door at the end of the season, with Old Trafford seemingly the most likely destination, although both Chelsea and Bayern Munich have too been monitoring the Senegal international in recent months.

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