By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens
Sadio Mane will undergo a Liverpool medical on Monday, according to reports.
Widespread UK newspaper reports claimed on Sunday night that Liverpool’s £30million bid for the winger had been accepted by Southampton over the weekend.
The Daily Mail report that the Senegal international is now bound for Merseyside to finalise what could be the third most expensive deal in the Premier League club’s history.
It is said the medical examinations are scheduled to take place in the next 24 hours before Mane negotiates personal terms with Liverpool chiefs.
LFC’s £30m bid for Sadio Mane has been accepted by Southampton. Mane will have medical on Monday.
— Chris Bascombe (@_ChrisBascombe) June 26, 2016
The reported breakthrough is a huge boost to Liverpool in their summer transfer plans and continues their policy of raiding the south coast for their new acquisitions.
Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren and Nathaniel Clyne have all moved from Southampton to Merseyside in the last two years and Mane is now set to become the fifth player to follow an increasingly well-trodden path.
Football Insider reported on Friday that Liverpool were to make concerted efforts to sign Mane by thrashing out an agreement with Southampton.
It had been Klopp’s desire to have Mane on board for the start of pre-season – Liverpool’s non European Championship players report for work on July 2 – and he could even make his debut in the first pre-season game at Tranmere on July 8.
Mane has staked his claim in the last two years to be one of the outstanding wide players in the Premier League and would provide Liverpool with a much-needed goal threat from an attacking midfield position.
He scored 13 goals and supplied nine assists from 40 matches in his debut campaign and followed it up with an even more impressive 15 goals and nine assists from 43 matches in 2015-16.
The 24-year-old will become Liverpool’s fourth signing over the summer after Joel Matip (free from Schalke), Marko Grujic, whose £5m switch from Red Star Belgrade was agreed in January, and goalkeeper Loris Karius from Mainz.
In other Liverpool transfer news, the Merseysiders have tabled a £7million bid for a Premier League wonderkid.