Sadio Mane comes second to Manchester United transfer target Kalidou Koulibaly in Senegal player of the year

Kalidou Koulibaly was named as Senegal player of 2018, beating Liverpool’s Sadio Mane into second place by a sizeable margin.

The Napoli defender took top spot with a massive 41 per cent of the vote.

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Winner of the Senegal player of 2018, Kalidou Koulibaly

The centre-back has proven himself to be one of the top defenders in the world with the Serie A club.

Manchester United are interested in bringing the defender to Old Trafford after having a bid of £95million already rejected.

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has said it would take a bid in excess of £108million for the club to even consider selling one of their most prized assets.

Liverpool star Mané has been on top form over the past two years but he missed out on the award with just 26 per cent of the vote.

Mane scored 22 goals for the Reds in 2018 and chipped in with six assists and he also impressed at the World Cup despite Senegal failing to get out of the group stages.

Bordeaux defender Youssouf Sabaly was in third place with 12 per cent of the vote.

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