The Mamadou Sakho transfer saga has taken another twist this week, with the defender having been left out of the French national squad for their upcoming friendly matches against Portugal and Serbia.
Sakho has not featured in any of our first three games of the season. He was reinstated to the substitute bench for the draw with Arsenal last Monday, but with Brendan Rodgers’ side having kept three consecutive clean sheets without the 25-year-old in the side, his chances of reclaiming his place are fairly low.
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ESPN journalist Jonathan Johnson has confirmed his absence from the French squad:
Anthony Martial’s inclusion in France squad a pleasant surprise. No Mamadou Sakho, while Alexandre Lacazette is injured & out of form. #EDF
— Jonathan Johnson (@Jon_LeGossip) August 27, 2015
His non-selection follows him being linked with a move away from Anfield this summer – although the Reds have so far rejected all of that interest, which has included loan bids from Italy and Germany (via Sky Sports).
In fact, the Reds are so determined to keep him that reports suggest we have offered him a new long term contract. According to ESPN, we still consider him an integral part of our squad and won’t agree to sell him this year.
However, Sakho will likely be extremely disappointed to have missed out on the squad in which he is generally considered first choice, and his absence may well cause him to reconsider his future during the final week of the transfer window.
Interestingly, Laurent Koscielny, who missed Arsenal’s game against us on Monday through injury – is selected. It doesn’t look good for Sakho and with Euro 2016 less than a year away he’ll surely be anxious to take action.