Report: Manchester City believe Sadio Mane is perfect for Guardiola, contact made

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Manchester City are reportedly ready to battle Manchester United for the signing of Southampton star Sadio Mane.

According to The Sun, Manchester City have contacted Southampton about Sadio Mane, and want to be kept informed about his situation.

City are still in the title race despite losing 3-1 to Leicester City on Saturday afternoon, but now sit six points adrift of the Foxes at the top of the table.

Many believe that City's players struggled against Leicester because of the situation off the field, with manager Manuel Pellegrini announcing that he will leave the Etihad Stadium upon the expiration of his contract this summer, with Pep Guardiola leaving Bayern Munich for the City job.

Guardiola is expected to overhaul the City squad this summer, and The Sun report that contact has already been made about a summer deal for Southampton forward Sadio Mane, who can play out wide, up front or behind the striker.

The 23-year-old has hit 17 goals in 63 games for the Saints since signing from Red Bull Salzburg in the summer of 2014, and has established himself as one of the Premier League's most dangerous players thanks to his blistering pace.

Now, The Sun suggest that City's director of football Txiki Begiristain - who worked with Guardiola at Barcelona as a player and as an executive whilst being a long-term friend of the soon-to-be City boss - believes Mane is perfect for what Guardiola needs in terms of his versatility across the front line.

It's also stated that rivals Manchester United also want to sign Mane, but City are hoping to land a deal by asking Southampton to keep them informed about their plans regarding Mane's future - and the prospect of working with Guardiola, arguably the world's greatest coach, may be too good to turn down.

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