Zinedine Zidane ‘phoned Liverpool forward over summer transfer’

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane reportedly phoned Liverpool attacker Sadio Mane earlier this summer to discuss a potential move to the Bernabeu ahead of the 2019-20 campaign.

Mane scored 26 times in 50 appearances for the Reds during the 2018-19 season, while he netted twice in his team’s UEFA Super Cup win against Chelsea on Wednesday night.

According to Soccer Link, Zidane had a phone conversation with the Senegal international earlier this summer to discuss a possible switch to the Spanish capital.

However, the report claims that Liverpool would have only accepted an ‘exorbitant bid’ for the 27-year-old due to his importance to the Merseyside giants.

Los Blancos have signed the likes of Eden Hazard and Luka Jovic during a busy summer transfer window, while the club continue to be linked with a swoop for Paris Saint-Germain’s Neymar.

The capital giants will be looking to get their 2019-20 La Liga campaign off to a winning start on Saturday afternoon when they travel to the Balaidos to take on Celta Vigo.