According to The Telegraph’s Chris Bascombe, Liverpool could use Mamadou Sakho as makeweight in a deal for Southampton’s highly-rated Virgil Van Dijk.
This summer is one of transition for Liverpool, but not in the way it has been in the past. Jürgen Klopp is gearing up for a season in the Champions League – the first time since he joined Liverpool and he is set to spend big to go toe to toe with the heavyweights of Europe.
Chris Bascombe writes that with Mamadou Sakho leaving this summer, the Anfield outfit will look into using him as a way to lower the transfer fee for Van Dijk – with Southampton reportedly looking for £60 million.
Signing Van Dijk for £60 million would make the Dutch centre-half the most expensive defender in the history of football. That’s a bold statement and it’s one that Liverpool need to make.
Bascombe reports that Van Dijk has not yet told Southampton that he wants to leave and nor has the South Coast club received a bid for the defender from Liverpool.
Van Dijk would become Liverpool’s highest paid player if he signed with wages of £200,000 per week on offer.
Of particular interest to me is that the Telegraph reporter claims Liverpool will investigate offering Mamadou Sakho as part of a deal for Van Dijk. Southampton were interested in Sakho in January but found his £30 million price tag to be too much. Since then, however, the Frenchman proved his worth on loan with Crystal Palace.
Liverpool are expected to embark upon their largest spending spree when the transfer window opens on July 1st and Van Dijk will represent a considerable fraction of that.
Klopp has taken the issues that were revealed last season to heart and is clearly aiming to ensure that they aren’t repeated in what could turn out to be a hugely successful season for Liverpool.