Real Madrid were on the verge of signing Liverpool star Sadio Mane before Zidane’s departure

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  • Zinedine Zidane shockingly announced last week that he was leaving Real Madrid just days after his 3rd Champions League triumph with the club in 3 years
  • Zidane’s departure has thrown a spanner in Real Madrid’s transfer plans for the summer
  • According to reports, Sadio Mane was a top transfer target for Madrid this summer, however, that deal is currently on hold as Madrid wait for a new manager

The world of football was left in shock last week when French legend Zinedine Zidane announced that he was stepping down as the manager of Real Madrid just days after securing his 3rd consecutive Champions League title with the Los Blancos. The sudden departure of Zidane not only left the world in shock but has thrown a big spanner in Real Madrid’s transfer plans.

Zidane ends a 17-year long association with Real Madrid

Zidane took over the reigns at Real Madrid in 2016 and enjoyed a very successful three years in the Spanish Capital, where he entertained the public even as a player from 2001 to 2006. In his 3 years, he won the Spanish Super Cup, a La Liga title and 3 Champions League titles.

However, after Real Madrid finished 17 points behind 2017-2018 La Liga winners Barcelona, there were reports that the management at Madrid wasn’t pleased with the performance of the first team and was looking at major squad revamp in the summer.

Real Madrid transfer news has dominated the footballing world over the past few days with numerous players being linked with the Spanish capital club. According to Real Madrid, latest news Los Blancos were interested in bringing Sadio Mane from Liverpool this summer and following his excellent performances in the 2017-2018 Champions League performance, they had zeroed down on the Senegalese as the top target for this summer.

Real Madrid in a fix after Zidane’s sudden announcement

According to France Football, Zidane departure has thrown a spanner in Real Madrid’s transfer plans for the summer, which also included the signing of Sadio Mane. However, the deal could still go through as and when Real Madrid announce their new manager.

Sadio Mane enjoyed a fantastic season with Liverpool. Even though the major accolades went towards Mohamed Salah, Mane quietly got himself 20 goals and 9 assists across all competitions in the 2017-2018 season, which is phenomenal for a player who was playing with Southampton not long back. His performance in Kiev was hugely impressive and after the departure of Salah from the field, it was he who took it upon himself to take the game to Madrid.

Liverpool transfer news received a huge boost last week, when the Merseyside club announced the arrival of Fabinho from AS Monaco, a player who was linked with some of the major clubs in Europe. We expect the next few days until the World Cup, the sports new columns to be dominated by both Real Madrid transfer news and Liverpool transfer news.

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