According to The Guardian, Liverpool value Mamadou Sakho at £30 million and, with Crystal Palace interested, he could leave permanently this summer.
Mamadou Sakho’s disciplinary issues are well-documented but it seems he turned over a new leaf in his career with his short loan spell at Crystal Palace this season. Despite playing just eight games for the Eagles this season, Sakho was nominated for Crystal Palace’s Player of the Season award.
Despite being considerably more reliable at the back than Dejan Lovren, there is no way back into the Liverpool side for Mamadou Sakho and this could result in his loan spell becoming permanent at Palace.
The Guardian reports that Palace are keen on making Sakho’s move to London permanent “but must weigh up whether the financial package required is viable.” Last season, Palace bought Christian Benteke from Liverpool for £32 million and could spend a further £30m on Sakho this time round.
Jürgen Klopp has been criticised and questioned by pundits and supporters alike this season for his decision to ice out Sakho when there are such clear defensive issues at the club.
Despite three clean sheets in their last three games (a new record for Klopp in England), Liverpool have been poor at the back this season. The Reds have conceded 42 goals in 37 games, which is 18 more than Tottenham have.
With Champions League football all but 90 minutes away from being secured for Liverpool, talk of signing new personnel this summer becomes all the more entertaining.
Without a doubt the most important target for Liverpool is Southampton’s Virgil Van Dijk. Signing a centre-back that is capable of commanding a backline is something that Klopp’s team is crying out for.
On Thursday, Liverpool ECHO journalist James Pearce responded to questions during a live Q&A on Reddit and said that FSG could sanction the club’s largest transfer budget in history this summer.
Pearce said that if Liverpool qualifies for the Champions League, Klopp could spend £120 million or more – including sales – on new signings.
Signing Van Dijk from Southampton will require Liverpool to pay a reported £50 million. The Dutchman is a player that can fill the gap left by Sakho and would certainly help the club towards winning a trophy next season.
It needs to be Klopp’s priority to fix the backline before he adds to an attack that has plundered 75 goals this season – only five less than league leaders Chelsea.
With Liverpool looking likely to end up in the Champions League, it is inevitable that Klopp will be spending a lot of money this summer to bolster his squad in order to be able to lock horns with the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juventus next season.
While there are few supporters expecting Liverpool to win the Champions League, Klopp will want to go as far as possible next season and the best way to do that is to sign the likes of Virgil Van Dijk and Naby Keita.