Liverpool are confident that their £30m asking price for want-away French defender Mamadou Sakho will be met this summer.
Mamadou Sakho “remains a wanted man” according to the Liverpool ECHO today, with the club remaining confident that their asking price of £30m will be met.
The former Paris Saint Germain captain was exiled from first team action by Jürgen Klopp during last summer’s pre-season after a series of misdemeanours saw him cross the line once too often.
However, despite not featuring for the Reds in 15 months due to his disciplinary issues, Sakho is said to be a popular target with the club said to be inundated with enquiries over his situation.
Crystal Palace are said to be the front-runners for his signature, having already agreed personal terms for the 27-year old. However, while the Reds remain adamant that Sakho – who has a contract until 2020 – cannot leave for less than £30m, the Eagles are said to have their reservations over the fee.
The London club’s president Steve Parish was quoted by the ECHO as revealing the following last month when asked on a potential move for the Frenchman:
“I think that is going to be a very difficult one for us to do. I think Liverpool want a big number for him. That is a tough one to make happen on a permanent basis. We need to look at the budgets and be realistic.”
The Frenchman is currently continuing his rehabilitation at Melwood after sustaining a knee injury in April while playing for Crystal Palace on loan. He is training away from the rest of the first-team.
What do you think? Should Liverpool continue to stand by their £30m asking price, or should they just look to take what they can get?