Southampton boss Ronald Koeman has insisted that the club will “sell nobody in January” amid rumours linking Sadio Mane with Manchester United and Chelsea.
Man United are said to be targeting Mane in the January transfer window after reportedly having a bid rejected for the forward in the summer.
“Rumours aren’t important: we will sell nobody. You can ask again about Sadio, Man United, Chelsea, but we will sell nobody in January,” Koeman said.
When asked about the interest in Mane, the Dutchman added: “That’s great, if it’s really like that, it’s great. Because the player is developing himself, with all the help from the technical staff and the rest of the players.
“But it’s the reason why the team and the club is growing, and why we have 18 international players. They are showing qualities, and then of course big teams are interested. It’s a normal progress of players who are developing themselves.
“In my opinion it’s not about money, it’s about ambition of players and people. Of course we don’t play in the Champions League and we don’t fight for the title, and that’s a normal ambition for players to reach the highest level possible.”
Mane is a superb player and he would be free to play in the Champions League if United bought him in January.
However, it is highly unlikely that Southampton will let one of their prize assets leave mid-season unless a ridiculous offer is involved. United do need to strengthen in January but they may have to look elsewhere as far as Mane is concerned.