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Sadio Mane ignores German reporter as he nears £34.5m Saudi switch

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Sadio Mane has furiously hit back at a reporter who attempted to question the Bayern Munich star on his future, with the forward now closing in on a move to Saudi Arabia.

The Senegalese attacker is not thought to be in Thomas Tuchel’s plans going forward and has been heavily linked with a move to Saudi Pro League side Al Nassr, who already boast Cristiano Ronaldo among their ranks.

Bayern are believed to be keen to cash in on Mane despite only signing him a year ago, with his maiden season in Bavaria something of a disappointment.

But the 31-year-old was in no mood to entertain questions from the press about his future, particularly after facing heavy criticism for his performances last season, and took umbrage when he was approached by several German reporters on Sunday.

Mane was posing for selfies with fans when he was approach by one journalist, with his mood suddenly changing as he was asked for a quick chat about the speculation surrounding him.

‘You kill me every day and now you want me to talk to you guys,’ said an incredulous Mane as he walked off, leaving the reporter stunned.

He was still complaining and muttering to himself as he headed off, saying: ‘Come on, they kill me every day and now they want me to talk? Never.’

Bayern are due to face Manchester City in Tokyo on Wednesday but it remains to be seen if Mane will be involved, with CBS Sports’ James Benge reporting that the former Liverpool man is set to join Al Nassr.

The Saudi side are ready to officially submit a £34.5million transfer fee to Bayern, with Mane receiving the same again in a net annual salary.

He is believed to be ready to leave European football behind and make the move to Saudi Arabia, having grown frustrated with his time in Munich.

Mane netted just seven times and laid on five assists in 25 Bundesliga appearances, with his season disrupted by an injury that also ruled him out of the World Cup.

Although Bayern had high hopes for Mane, he was not signed by Tuchel and is not an ideal fit for his system, with the former Chelsea boss keen to reinvest the funds and put them towards signing top target Harry Kane.

Al Nassr, meanwhile, kickstarted the Saudi recruitment drive when they brought in Ronaldo in January and they have already added Seko Fofana, Alex Telles and Marcelo Brozovic to their increasingly talented squad this summer.

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Transfer: Juventus line up move for Wilfred Ndidi

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Serie A giants, Juventus are targeting a move to Leicester City midfielder, Wilfred Ndidi this summer. Ndidi is into the final

Serie A giants, Juventus are targeting a move to Leicester City midfielder, Wilfred Ndidi this summer.

Ndidi is into the final months of his contract with Leicester City and could leave the club on a free transfer at the end of the month.

According to Tuttosport, the Nigeria international is among the three players Juventus are looking to sign to bolster their midfield in the summer.

The other two players are Jorginho and Mikel Merino.

Ndidi reportedly has interests from clubs in England, Spain and Turkey.

The 27-year-old has registered four goals and six assists in 32 appearances for Leicester City this season.

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Transfer: Trabzonspor keen to extend Onuachu’s loan for another season

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Transfer: Trabzonspor keen to extend Onuachu’s loan for another season

Trabzonspor want to take Southampton forward Paul Onuachu on loan for another season.

Onuachu joined the Turkish Super Lig side on a season-long loan last summer.

The Nigeria international has registered nine goals and three assists in 17 league appearances for Trabzonspor.

The Black Sea Storm are keen to sign the striker permanently but cannot meet up with Southampton’s €15 million valuation.

According to a report in Transfermarkt, Trabzonspor president, Ertugrul Dogan is pushing hard to have Onuachu at the club at least for another season.

A return to Southampton is highly unlikely for the lanky hitman, who struggled to establish himself during his six-month stay at the club.

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Transfer: Napoli identify top striker to replace Osimhen

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Transfer: Napoli identify top striker to replace Osimhen

Napoli have identified Lille striker, Jonathan David as the top target to replace departing Victor Osimhen.

Despite signing a contract extension with Napoli last December, Osimhen is set to leave the Italian side at the end of the season.

Paris Saint-Germain is leading the race to sign him as a replacement for Real Madrid-bound Kylian Mbappe.

Chelsea are also said to be interested in signing the Nigeria international as their marquee forward signing to take the club to the next level.

La Gazzetta dello Sport reports that Jonathan David is the top preference for Napoli.

David has scored 23 goals and provided 7 assists in 39 games so far this season, mirroring his output from the 2022-2023 campaign.

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