MANCHESTER UNITED target Patson Daka has insisted he can become the next African star to become a hit in the Premier League.
The striker admitted he was keen to follow in the footsteps of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.
Red Bull Salzburg striker Patson Daka has been linked with a move to the Premier League
He wants to emulate Sadio Mane (L), Mo Salah (middle) and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (R)Credit: AFP or licensors
Daka has caught the attention of several Premier League clubs following his impressive form for Red Bull Salzburg – scoring 15 goals in 17 games.
SunSport revealed United had expressed an interest in the Zambia international in the summer while Liverpool are also thought to be keen.
Mane, Naby Keita, Takumi Minamino and Erling Haaland were developed at the Austrian club and Daka is the latest off the production line.
And the 22-year-old has fuelled rumours of a switch to England after hinting that stars for Liverpool and Arsenal are his inspiration.
To see our big brothers like Aubameyang, Salah and Mane, it’s something that gives me the dream that I can also make it.
He told BBC Sport: “To see our big brothers like Aubameyang, Salah and Mane, it’s something that gives me the dream that I can also make it.
“I can be like them. They are my inspiration, knowing that they also come from Africa.
“I think when people are making those kind of comparisons, it’s great, looking at the status of Sadio Mane, the kind of football he plays and the kind of person that he is.”
Speaking about a potential next club, he added: “The most vital thing that I’ve noticed is that the club [doesn’t] focus much about receiving big money for players. They’re more concerned about the development of the player.”
Daka’s national team coach Milutin Sredejovic agreed with the youngster and likened him to legendary striker Samuel Eto’o.
He said: “I would say he’s on the road to replace what Samuel Eto’o once was in representing Africa and African football.
“He could be compared to Sadio Mane or Samuel Eto’o, with the level of skill and speed that he has. With the sense for space, sense of positioning, in the right place at the right time.”
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