See How Sadio Mane Almost Joined Man United Before Liverpool Transfer Move

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The Senegal international joined the Reds in 2016 for a transfer fee of £30 million ($37m) after two successful campaigns with Southampton.

But before moving to Anfield, Mane had been subject to significant interest from the Red Devils, with the now 27-year-old admitting he thought about a transfer to Old Trafford.

“We were thinking most about Manchester United,” Mane told The Times.

“That was a tough time for me as I was on the bench so I was not thinking about anyone calling me, but I was pleased he [Jurgen Klopp] did and was not thinking I was a rapper.”

The ‘rapper’ comment made by Mane is referring to a recent interview by Liverpool coach Klopp, who suggested the winger looked like a rapper when he joined the club.

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Mane has gone on to win the Champions League with the Reds, and has scored an impressive 77 goals in 161 appearances across all competitions.

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