LIVERPOOL star Sadio Mane is in talks to invest in a French fourth tier club.
The forward is keen to pump his own money into developing Bourges Foot as he wants to help the French minnows.
The mayor of Bourges, Yann Galut, told Le Berry Republicain: "The relations and exchanges that we have with Sadio Mane are serious.
"The contacts with the town hall are really there. Will they succeed or not? Given the international context, given the crisis, I don't know.
"What I can say is that if it had not been for the Covid, we would have already welcomed Sadio Mane to Bourges to speak.
“In the exchanges I had with Sadio Mane, I really liked his philosophy, the fact that if he came to Bourges, and I still insist on the conditional, it would be in an approach that would not be a business approach.
"It would be an approach where training, the medium term, people, would be put forward. I, myself, insisted with him on the importance of women's sport.
"There is interest and enthusiasm with us."
Mane may have been influenced by the likes of Hector Bellerin investing in League Two side Forest Green Rovers and Eden Hazard helping form San Diego 1904.
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Bourges Foot were only founded in 1983 and have steadily climbed up through the French amateur leagues.
The club are currently ninth in National 2, having won promotion from National 3 in 2019.
But Bourges, which is twinned with Peterborough, is renowned for its basketball teams and the prospect of Mane investing in Bourges Foot will put it on the football map.
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