The 24-year-old winger begun his career at French side Metz in Ligue 2 in 2011, but left after just one season to join Austrian Bundesliga side Red Bull Salzburg
But according to French newspaper L’Equipe, Mane could have moved to Arsenal before joining Salzburg.
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Mady Toure, who established the Generation Foot academy in Senegal where Mane emerged from, told the newspaper he contacted Grimandi about pacey forward.
But Toure claims Grimandi told him: “He replied that he was insufficient…like others.”
Arsenal’s loss has since turned into Liverpool’s gain, with the Reds reaping the rewards of his development at Salzburg and then Southampton.
Liverpool winger Sadio Mane
Mane has arguably been Liverpool’s player of the season with 11 goals so far.
But since he went to the Africa Cup Of Nations, Liverpool have won just once in seven matches.
However he could return to England in the next few days after his missed penalty saw Senegal exit the AFCON in a dramatic shoot-out.