By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens
Liverpool will have to pay £40million to prise Sadio Mane from Southampton, according to Matt Le Tissier.
The Saints legend is convinced the Premier League giants will have to break their club-record transfer fee to land Mane this summer.
As reported by Football Insider, Liverpool are working on a deal to sign Mane and will make concerted efforts over the next week to reach an agreement with their top-flight rivals.
The Merseysiders are seeking to complete a £30million transfer but Le Tissier, who is close to the Southampton board, says they will have to pay £10million more than that sum.
Asked by a Twitter follower after Southampton signed Nathan Redmond from Norwich on Saturday whether Mane was now headed to Liverpool, Le Tissier responded on the social networking site what it would take to seal the deal.
If they cough up 40 mill yeah ?? https://t.co/PcSW1zAGmW
— Matt Le Tissier (@mattletiss7) June 25, 2016
Liverpool’s club-record transfer is the £35million they spent to sign Andy Carroll from Newcastle in the January 2011 window.
The Merseysiders are intent on prising Mane from St Mary’s Stadium as they continue to raid the south coast for their transfer targets.
Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren and Nathaniel Clyne have all moved from Southampton to Merseyside in the last two years and Mane could become the fifth player to follow an increasingly well-trodden path.
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 Senegal international has two years left on his current deal allowing Southampton to command a significant fee.
In other Liverpool transfer news, the Merseysiders have tabled a £7million bid for a Premier League wonderkid.