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Liverpool Transfer News: Latest Sadio Mane and Joao Teixeira Rumours

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistJune 12, 2016

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Liverpool are reportedly ready to offer winger Jordon Ibe as bait in their bid to tempt Southampton into selling Sadio Mane this summer. Elsewhere, Joao Teixeira looks set for a permanent switch to FC Porto.

According to the Daily Star, the Reds will looking to include Ibe as part of a deal that would see Mane move to Merseyside in return, with the Saints said to value their man at £30 million (h/t Liverpool Echo's Chris Beesley).

Mane scored 11 Premier League goals last season.
Mane scored 11 Premier League goals last season.Christopher Lee/Getty Images

Ibe was expected to become a more prominent member of the Liverpool lineup last season following Raheem Sterling's £49 million move to Manchester City, but he managed just 12 Premier League starts in 2015-16.

Meanwhile, Mane excelled at Southampton and scored 11 goals in 37 league appearances, but he could become the latest Saint to make the move north to Merseyside from St. Mary's Stadium.

Ibe sparked speculation of a move away from Anfield in April, when he removed any reference of his allegiance to Liverpool from his official Twitter account, as reported by the Independent's Mark Critchley.

Manager Jurgen Klopp would be getting his hands on a more experienced star in Mane, 24, but as BBC Sport's Oluwashina Okeleji recently pointed out, 20-year-old Ibe is also a hugely valuable asset:

Oluwashina Okeleji @oluwashina

100 most valuable footballers on earth according to CIES Football Observatory ft. Aubameyang, Mahrez, Salah & Mané.🌍 https://t.co/IYYeJi4cRF

It's worth noting any inclusion of Ibe wouldn't come close to financing Liverpool's move for Senegal's Mane, but would instead merely soften the blow of paying for his £30 million valuation.

Bleacher Report's Jack Lusby recently showed Mane has been an important attacking figure for his clubs in recent years, although his goal involvement has declined as the past few seasons have rolled by:

Jack Lusby @jacklusby_

Sadio Mane's league games without a goal or assist: Red Bull Salzburg, 2013/14: 19 Southampton, 2014/15: 20 Southampton, 2015/16: 25 #LFC

Meanwhile, Portuguese youngster Teixeira is expected to reject the new terms he's been offered at Liverpool and will instead move back to his native land with Porto, according to Portuguese daily O Jogo (h/t Liverpool Echo's Beesley).

The Merseysiders will reportedly nab £250,000 in compensation if the 23-year-old does leave on a free transfer this summer, and Liverpool podcaster Jack Sear has sympathised with the youngster:

Jack Sear @JackSear

Interesting to hear LFC have offered Joao Teixeira a new deal. Sounds as if he's unlikely to accept though. Understandable.

Teixeira has made just eight senior appearances for the Reds since joining their academy from Sporting Lisbon for a fee of £830,000 in 2012, and his frustrations have seemingly grown beyond his control.

A return to his native Portugal may provide the springboard into first-team football Teixeira has long desired, and Primeira Liga giants Porto will look to prove Liverpool should have had more faith in their playmaker.

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