Despite missing three months of last season through injury, the Senegalese striker still managed 16 goals in 34 appearances and began this season in the same rich vein of form with three goals in five games.
The reigning Spanish and European champions know they are reaching a crossroads as far as their famed ‘BBC’ strikeforce is concerned. Cristiano Ronaldo, 32, was set to rejoin Manchester United last summer but was convinced to remain in Madrid for one more season.
A Bernabeu legend, he is expected to move to the MLS and connect with David Beckham’s Miami franchise. Such is his status that Kylian Mbappe, 18, was frightened off moving to Madrid last summer, refusing to be Ronaldo’s heir apparent.
Meanwhile, Gareth Bale is being given one more season with Real before returning to the Premier League next summer with Manchester United favourites for his signature. Mane, primarily a winger at Metz and with Red Bull Salzburg, looks likely to be a direct replacement for the former Tottenham man.
The only one of the trio set to remain in the Spanish capital is Karim Benzema. The 29-year-old French international signed a new deal earlier this week keeping him at Real until 2021.