Serie A club Roma are leading the race for Mamadou Sakho, who despite his brilliant performances for Crystal Palace on loan, has no future at Liverpool.
That’s according to the trusted Melissa Reddy, in Goal.
She claims that Roma are willing to spend the £30m it’ll cost someone to recruit our Frenchman so that they can replace Inter Milan bound Kostas Manolas.
Roma will fund the Sakho deal with money from selling the Greek, and in turn, we’ll use the windfall to target out no.1 centre-back target Virgil van Dijk.
Southampton’s Dutchman is rated in the £50m bracket, which would obliterate our transfer record which currently stands at £35m – the bizarre sum spent on Andy Carroll back in 2011.
£50m for Van Dijk seems a risk, but Sakho hasn’t played a minute for us all term, so it’s effectively like we’re getting £30m for ‘nothing’. In this logic, to get Van Dijk in will cost us £20m net, which isn’t too much for a player many now consider the best centre-back in the Premier League.
The transfer merry-go-round is beginning to turn already…