Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho is reportedly a wanted man, and the Merseyside giants are confident that their £30m demands will be met.
After a series of disciplinary issues last summer, the French international was frozen out by Jurgen Klopp and didn’t play a single minute of football in the first half of last season.
Having secured a loan move to Crystal Palace in January, he impressed for the Eagles before injury struck to prove that he is still a top player capable of playing an important role for a team.
With the World Cup fast approaching, he’ll want regular playing time this coming season while it’s clear that Klopp isn’t interested in bringing him back into his plans.
In turn, as reported by the Liverpool Echo, the Reds have received a number of enquiries but will not budge from their £30m valuation as they believe that’s a fair figure considering various circumstances including today’s market and the fact that Sakho has three years remaining on his contract.
It’s a fair assessment when considering Michael Keane’s recent move to Everton, as Sakho is a seasoned international with Champions League experience, and so he will surely be a more valuable commodity.
Palace are said to be the front runners but have been put off by the price-tag, and so it remains to be seen whether or not a return to Selhurst Park comes to fruition.
What is clear though is that Sakho and Liverpool are ready to split this summer, and it now comes down to who will meet the latter’s demands, and give the former what he’s desperate for this coming season.