Sadio Mane was offered to Arsenal in 2012 (REX)Arsenal rejected the chance to sign Liverpool forward Sadio Mane in 2012, according to the president of Generation Foot Academy.
Mane began his career at the academy based in Senegal before signing his first professional contract with French side Metz in 2011.
Just a year later, Mane was selected for Senegal’s Olympic squad for London 2012 while he also earned a move to Red Bull Salzburg.
But before his switch to Austria, Arsenal scout Gilles Grimandi was alerted to Mane’s availability and the Gunners were given the opportunity to sign the 26-year-old.
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But Generation Foot Academy’s president Mady Toure has revealed that Arsenal decided not to take up the offer on Mane, who eventually joined Liverpool from Southampton for £34 million in 2016.
‘After the Olympic Games [in 2012], I offered him to Gilles Grimandi,’ Toure told APS.
‘A few years later, I recalled this episode to Arsene Wenger, who was managing Arsenal at the time.’
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