Senegalese superstar Sadio Mane has taken pride of place on Tottenham’s summer transfer shortlist.
After taking the Austrian Bundesliga by storm, the Red Bull Salzburg winger is attracting attention from several top sides, with a host of Premier League clubs reportedly keen on his services.
Spurs – 11/1 shots to finish in the top four after recovering from two down to beat Southampton 3-2 – will have to fend off the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City and Newcastle if they wish to snare Mane.
As soon as Brendan Rodgers gets wind of his existence, it’s likely they’ll have Liverpool to contend with too given the Mereseysiders’ link to every in-form winger on the globe.
Salzburg will start the bidding at £10m for the 21-year-old who’s bagged 21 goals in 13 starts this season.
His eye for goal is one of the traits that has endeared him to the Spurs scouting force as they seek a wide player with sufficient attacking acumen to replace Gareth Bale.
Based on recent results, perhaps addressing the Lilywhites’ porous defence should be taking priority ahead of augmenting their already overstocked midfield quarters.
Spurs head to Anfield next to face free-scoring Liverpool and the Reds’ on-fire frontline will be eager to tear into a feeble rearguard that’s shipped 12 goals in their previous five outings, with only Arsenal unable to fire more than one past Sherwood’s side in this leaky spell.
Liverpool, by contrast, have won four successive games prior to Sunderland’s midweek visit, plundering a massive 16 goals in that spell.
After thumping the Lilywhites’ 5-0 at the Lane, Rodgers’ troops will be confident of filling their boots again with a price of 6/4 saying they register over 3.5 goals.
For those who fancy Lilywhite revenge, Spurs can be backed at 5/1 to upturn the Reds runaway title bandwagon.