Report: Return of Mane could affect Southampton's transfer plans

Sadio Mane could affect Southampton's transfer plans according to the Echo.

The Daily Echo has reported that the return of Sadio Mane at Southampton could impact Ronald Koeman’s plans for the rest of the transfer window.

The paper claims that the Senegalese star’s return from the African Cup of Nations, after his country lost to Algeria, reduces the need for Koeman to push on and try to sign a replacement for the injured Shane Long.

Mane provides another attacking option up front, which means Koeman won’t have to be so worried about the possibility of Graziano Pelle picking up a long term problem at the top of his team.

Mane will reportedly be back with the Saints before the end of the current week, which means he could feature in the match against Swansea this weekend.

However, Koeman may feel he needs extra time to rest and recover after his exertions and travelling due to the AFCON.

The Echo doesn’t completely rule out the possibility that Koeman could do some more business before the transfer window slams shut this Monday but it’s looking unlikely, with Mane set to play a key role in attack for the rest of the season.

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