Koeman confirms Man Utd have made no bid for Sadio Mane
Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has insisted that Manchester United have made no contact over their possible interest in Sadio Mane and hit out at the false rumours of a rejected bid for the Senegal forward.
Koeman was responding for the first time to suggestions emerging from Manchester that Mane was now one of United's chief transfer targets and that Southampton has turned down an initial bid for the 23-year-old.
Yet the sources that claimed United had decided to withdraw from the race to sign Barcelona forward Pedro after he had agreed to join Chelsea are now being questioned once again, this time by Saints boss Koeman, who also rejected claims that Spurs are trying to sign his midfielder Victor Wanyama.
sundayworld.com revealed yesterday that the reports of a United bid for Mane were wide of the mark and now that story has been confirmed by Koeman, who offer these comments after his side's 1-1 draw with Danish side Midtjylland in their Europa League play-off.
“There’s no bid for any player. Not for Wanyama, not for Sadio,” Koeman told reporters.
“We have to deal with the rumours of the press and maybe somebody is talking from Manchester [United]. I don’t know, because there is no contact, no bid for anybody.
“There will be no more players sold. Write what you want to about the rumours, nobody is going to leave Southampton."
Koeman also joined a growing army of Premier League managers that includes Chelsea's Jose Mourinho, Man Utd chief Louis van Gaal and Everton's Roberto Martinez in calling for the transfer window to be closed before the season starts.
“This is the worst situation for the smaller clubs," added Koeman. "Nobody talks about the best players of Manchester City, Manchester United or of Chelsea, but teams like Southampton have to deal with this and it is not easy.
“It makes rumours, everyone is talking about that and we have to play games. If they don’t change the window from September 1, always we will have these kind of rumours.”
United manager Van Gaal will get his chance to respond to Koeman's claims that the reports on his club's 'bid' for Mane are false when he talks to the media on Friday.