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Liverpool striker Sadio Mane has reportedly agreed to join Real Madrid – but the deal is in doubt after manager Zinedine Zidane left the club.
Mane, 26, impressed many across Europe with his performances for Liverpool alongside Mo Salah and Roberto Firminho. He scored 20 goals in all competitions last season, including one in the Champions League final.
France Football has reported that Mane has agreed terms to join Real, with Zidane keen to sign him. But with the Frenchman standing down last week, the deal is now in doubt, and at least in hold until a new manager is in place.
It has also been reported that a transfer fee has not yet been agreed, which could be another stumbling block. Liverpool would want top dollar for Mane – at least £50-75 million – to part with one of their stars.
However, Real have not indicated when they expect to appoint a new man, so this may take some time to resolve.
The early kick-off in the Premier League today sees struggling Crystal Palace take on Champions League-chasing Liverpool at Selhurst Park. The match kicks off at 12.30pm and it is live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League. Here are the factz you need to know:
* Liverpool won 1-0 earlier in the season, with Sadio Mane netting the winner.
* Liverpool have won 15 of their last 22 PL matches, losing just two.
* The Eagles have won 3 matches in 2018, losing 5 and drawing two.
* Palace have lost all 9 matches in which Wilfried Zaha hasn’t played in.
* Mo Salah has scored in 20 matches this season – if he scores again he will equal the 38-game record, held jointly by Cristiano Ronaldo and Robin van Persie.
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Liverpool and Egypt forward Mohammad Salah has been named African Footballer of the Year, ahead of his Premier League team-mate Sadio Mane.
Salah has been in scintillating form for the Reds this season, and is the Premier League’s leading scorer this season with 13. He had also had a stellar 2016/17 season with Roma in Serie A, being named their Player of the Season after finishing as the club’s top goalscorer with 15 goals in all competitions (14 in Serie A) and six assists. This caught the eye of Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, who paid a then club-record fee of £36 million to bring him to Anfield.
The 25-year-old also played a key role in Egypt qualifying for their first World Cup since 1990, scoring 5 goals in their qualification campaign, including both goals in the decisive 2–1 victory over Congo, one of which was a penalty in the last minute.
Senegalese striker Mane, who was a key player for Liverpool in the 2016/17 season and also helped his national team to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, was second. Borussia Dortmund and Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was third, ahead of Chelsea and Nigeria wing-back Victor Moses and RB Leipzig and Guinea midfielder Naby Keita.