Southampton's Sadio Mane in action with Aston Villa's Brad Guzan
Liverpool are interested in signing exciting winger Sadio Mane from Southampton, The Express report.
The 24-year-old is valued upwards of £25 million, the report claims, with the Reds reportedly plotting to raid the Saints for a third successive summer.
Mane is a direct player with an eye for goal, netting 11 Premier League goals this past season, including a brace against Liverpool.
Southampton's Sadio Mane in action with Bournemouth's Charlie Daniels
Mane may lack the profile of Bayern Munich ace Mario Gotze, another transfer target, but his style of play could see him be just as effective - and importantly there would be no adjustment period with Mane already familiar with the Premier League.
Liverpool lack a player like Mane, and the addition could be one of the wisest signings they could make this summer.
Jurgen Klopp has a proven track record of improving players and turning them into superstars, and working with the German would be a real temptation for the Senegalese international, even if they have no European football to offer.
Mane is young enough that he should regard this coming year as a one off, with the Reds hoping to use their focus on the league to really kick on and win a Champions League spot for the following year.
Stoke's Glenn Whelan in action with Southampton's Sadio Mane
Here is a look at how Liverpool fans react on Twitter to the rumours...
I know it is raiding Saints again but I like the look of Sadio Mane. Can be inconsistent but fantastic player when at it. #LFC— Scott Llewellyn (@scottifydotcom) May 27, 2016
Sadio Mane as an alternative to Mario Gotze? What do journalists eat these days? How can you even compare the 2 of them? #LFC— Sneh Patel (@snehliverbird) May 27, 2016
Don't like the rumours I'm reading this morning of #LFC going after Sadio Mane. The sort of disruptive presence we don't need— David McMillan (@bulletmac) May 27, 2016
Think Mane would be a great signing strong as an Ox works hard, quick & gets goals.— Amrit poonia (@princeamrit10) May 27, 2016
Proven quality. #LFC
Sadio Mane.. Hmmm not bad, not the best either #LFC— Aditya Srivastava (@aditya_twister) May 27, 2016
Mane for 25m is worse than Downing for 20m... madness. #LFC— Man of Justice (@SuperGops) May 27, 2016
Sadio Mane scores the fourth goal for Southampton and completes his hat trick