Liverpool are still adamant we can get £30m for Mamadou Sakho this summer, writes Paul Joyce in the Times.
This has been our mooted asking price ever since the Frenchman started performing well at Crystal Palace, and it seems a fair value considering what centre-backs go for in the current transfer market.
It looked very much like Palace would sign the 27-year-old permanently, but with Sam Allardyce leaving – the links have gone cold – despite Sakho remaining in South London to train at the club’s facilities.
What’s more, Joyce is claiming that Liverpool’s unwanted defender now only wants to leave to join a club playing Champions League football, which significantly narrows his options.
The only English club who’ve qualified that may consider Sakho is Spurs, who Liverpool may be reluctant to sell to anyway as they’re a direct rival.
In Italy, Roma have been linked, but they’re in financial difficulty, while the Spanish clubs don’t need him – so perhaps a trip back to France could be his only option. Monaco are going to be financially comfortable this summer with the number of top players they’ll sell, so maybe the Ligue 1 champions could take him off our hands!