Liverpool in talks to agree new deal for African forward

Liverpool are reportedly preparing to open contract talks with African forward Sadio Mane.

The Senegal international, attacker along with teammate Mohamed Salah, have been in sensational form throughout this season, founding back of the net 26 times between them in all competitions.

However, the two 29-year-olds each have contracts that are following to expire in 2023, resulting in the team’s hierarchy being eager to resolve their futures.

While it has been well documented that the Merseyside Reds have held talks with Salah, little has been mentioned about the next phase of Mane’s career.

According to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, the Merseyside Reds are now ready to hold talks with the attacker and his representatives.

Romano suggests that little progress has been made with tying Salah down to fresh terms, resulting in the Merseyside Reds wanting to proceed with speaking to Mane.

Meanwhile, Liverpool have reportedly planned an approach for Leeds United forward Raphinha in the upcoming winter transfer window.

The Brazilian forward has caught eyes for the Yorkshire outfit so far this season, scoring five goals in 10 Premier League games.

According to The Mirror, the Merseyside Reds have eyed him up as their top target for the January window, as sporting director Michael Edwards looks to add to the attacking ranks.