Vinicius Junior is on Jurgen Klopp’s wanted list (Getty Images)Jurgen Klopp demanded Vinicius Junior in return for Sadio Mane when Real Madrid asked about signing the Liverpool forward, according to reports in Spain.
Mane is reportedly on Madrid’s radar ahead of the summer transfer window as Zinedine Zidane looks to bolster his attacking options.
But according to El Chiringuito, Madrid also made an approach for the Senegal international last summer.
The report claims that Madrid went to Liverpool to discuss an asking price for Mane.
But Liverpool responded by demanding that Madrid pay €200 million (£173m) and include Vinicius in the deal.
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Madrid signed Vinicius in a £38.7 million deal from Flamengo last summer and the 18-year-old has impressed this season with three goals and 12 assist before he suffered an ankle ligament injury in March.
The Champions League holders turned down Liverpool’s proposal but El Chiringuito reports that Vinicius remains an ‘obsession’ of Klopp.
Mane, meanwhile, signed a new long-term contract with Liverpool last November which keeps at the club until 2023.
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