McAteer thinks Mane is the less likely of the two Liverpool attackers to have his head turned, should Real come calling with big money bids this summer.
"I can absolutely understand why Real Madrid would consider making a move for Sadio Mane in the summer – and I could understand if Mane was tempted," McAteer wrote in his latest column for the Racing Post.
“Real Madrid aren't quite the force of old, but they are still a glamour club and would turn heads.
“It's whether Mane wants a new challenge, while the challenge facing Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp is ensuring the players are hungry to go again just as they were this season after being crowned European champions.
“What I would say is that if Mane went, I'd worry that it might be the start of things breaking apart because he's absolutely at the top of his game at the minute and would take some replacing. He'd be harder to replace than Mo Salah in my eyes.
“But we know the really big teams are out there trying to get better and under pressure to entice the best players on daft money.