Sadio Mane looks all set to leave Liverpool and as per some rumours, Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka could be the one to replace him.
Mane has decided to leave in the summer and according to Fabrizio Romano, the winger has decided to join FC Bayern and talks between the two clubs are already ongoing.
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The winger has been one of the major players in the Jurgen Klopp era, scoring 120 goals in 269 appearances across all competitions but after six years with Liverpool, Mane wants a new challenge.
Klopp has managed to bring in a new winger in the form of Luis Diaz but according to the gossip, the Liverpool boss might try and sign Bukayo Saka.
Can Bukayo Saka replace Sadio Mane?
It will be very challenging for anyone to fill Mane’s void but according to ex-Liverpool player Jose Enrique, the Reds can very well try and sign the Arsenal youngster.
He said, as quoted by Express Sports: “We also need a right winger and I think Jarrod Bowen or Bukayo Saka could be a great shout as they’re both not playing in the Champions League, so it’s a big possibility.”
Bukayo Saka has seen a meteoric rise at Arsenal and maybe not immediately but a player like him can very easily become the long-term replacement for Sadio Mane.
Andy Robertson with some BIG praise for Bukayo Saka 🗣
“People notice assists, but keeping Bukayo Saka quiet was more satisfying. I know how good Saka can be and I know in that game I managed to keep him quiet.” pic.twitter.com/RBaxo4ShO0
— Footy Accumulators (@FootyAccums) May 28, 2022
Since his senior debut in 2018, the England international has scored 23 goals in 131 games for the Gunners. This is not the first time Liverpool have been linked with the winger but now that Mane is leaving, Klopp might finally ask his management to make a formal move.
Are Arsenal at the risk of losing Bukayo Saka?
Bukayo Saka is of the best talents in the Arsenal squad so it will take a lot for Liverpool to persuade him. At the Emirates Stadium, Saka is treasured and is also a guaranteed starter but at Anfield, he will definitely have to fight for his place.
His market value is £58 million and his contract expires in 2024 so Arsenal are in no hurry to cash in on him. The Gunners can easily afford to hold onto him for one more year and during that time they are surely going to offer him a new contract.
With Sadio Mane leaving, Liverpool will knock on every door to find a suitable replacement and even though Arsenal have no intentions of a sale, it won’t be a surprise if the Anfield outfit step up their interest on Saka, once Mane secures an exit.