Liverpool in the clear to sign 25 goal and assist winger and his manager says he’s like Sadio Mane

Liverpool fans will be happy to hear that Arnaut Danjuma, a reported target of the Reds, bears a resemblance to our very own Sadio Mane.

This comes from former manager Bournemouth boss Jonathan Woodgate.

“The form he’s in at the minute – (Danjuma) can do what he wants because he’s starting to learn the defensive side of the game,” said the former England international, via the Bournemouth Echo.

BLACKBURN, ENGLAND - APRIL 05: Arnaut Danjuma of AFC Bournemouth scores their team's second goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Blackburn Rovers and AFC Bournemouth at Ewood Park on April 05, 2021 in Blackburn, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
BLACKBURN, ENGLAND – APRIL 05: Arnaut Danjuma of AFC Bournemouth scores their team’s second goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Blackburn Rovers and AFC Bournemouth at Ewood Park on April 05, 2021 in Blackburn, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

“That’s important for wingers these days. If you watch the top wingers in the world – look at (Sadio) Mane at Liverpool, how hard he works going back and forth and gets goals. Arnie is doing that.

“When your team is struggling, they’ve got their backs to the wall and it’s a 0-0 game, Arnie will produce something out of nothing.”

According to trusted Spanish publication Marca, both Liverpool and Villarreal are interested in signing the Bournemouth winger this summer.

BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 21: Arnaut Danjuma of AFC Bournemouth looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between AFC Bournemouth and Reading at Vitality Stadium on November 21, 2020 in Bournemouth, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)
BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 21: Arnaut Danjuma of AFC Bournemouth looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between AFC Bournemouth and Reading at Vitality Stadium on November 21, 2020 in Bournemouth, England. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

They report that the Europa League champions have already had a €15m bid rejected and are unwilling to ‘do anything crazy’ to get their man.

Meanwhile, they claim that this leaves ‘the way clear for Liverpool’ to make their move for Danjuma but they don’t say whether or not the Reds will act on their interest.

According to Marca, Bournemouth’s asking price for the forward, who scored and assisted 25 times last season, is €25million.

Could Danjuma be the new Mane?

From a financial perspective, signing the winger for a cut-price fee of just €25m would be similar to how the Reds paid £34m for Sadio Mane.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 28: Sadio Mane of Liverpool celebrates after he scores his sides 3rd goal during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on January 28, 2021 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Nick Potts - Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 28: Sadio Mane of Liverpool celebrates after he scores his sides 3rd goal during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on January 28, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Nick Potts – Pool/Getty Images)

The obvious difference is that the no.10 was proven in the Premier League and Danjuma is yet to show that he can crack it at the highest level.

For that reason, there is reason to question his ability but if he is able to succeed in England’s top flight, the Reds would have yet another incredible bargain on their hands.

€25m for a winger that can score, assist, dribble and is more than willing to work up and down each flank would be a terrific deal.

Danjuma’s self-proclaimed ambition

“I have never hidden the fact I am ambitious. If something good comes up, I will always consider it,” said Danjuma.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JULY 04: David De Gea of Manchester United is beaten at his near post by Arnaut Danjuma of Bournemouth but the ball hits the post during the Premier League match between Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth at Old Trafford on July 04, 2020 in Manchester, England. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in all fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Robin Jones - AFC Bournemouth/AFC Bournemouth via Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – JULY 04: David De Gea of Manchester United is beaten at his near post by Arnaut Danjuma of Bournemouth but the ball hits the post during the Premier League match between Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth at Old Trafford on July 04, 2020 in Manchester, England. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in all fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Robin Jones – AFC Bournemouth/AFC Bournemouth via Getty Images)

“I want to play as high as possible. If I’m honest, I don’t see myself playing in the Championship for another year.”

If Liverpool came knocking, the 24-year-old wouldn’t hesitate to move to Anfield where he would be able to play alongside the likes of Mane and Mo Salah and in the Champions League to boot.

Michael Mongie
Football Central Media Group founder, owner and editor.

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