The summer transfer window will not only see all eyes turn to Liverpool’s new arrivals but also the club’s high profile departures.
Mamadou Sakho, currently on loan at Crystal Palace, is one man who looks certain to move on elsewhere on a permanent deal, unless Jurgen Klopp has a drastic change of heart over the next few months.
The expectation is that he will leave, but to who and for how much remain unanswered questions. A deal to take him away from Anfield could grant Liverpool even more spending power on top of the record transfer budget the Fenway Sports Group owners are set to hand Klopp.
Current boss Sam Allardyce has explained how Palace will be doing all they can to try and sign the defender if they manage to stay up in the Premier League.
He told the Daily Mail: “Does Mama want to stay? Has Mama created a market for himself for other clubs, if not in the Premier League, in Europe, because they have monitored his performances with us?”
“It is a big decision he has to make. If we stay in the Premier League, we will try our best to sign him.”
“We will see how we go without him on Sunday. We have managed without Scott Dann and James Tomkins, with Martin Kelly stepping in, and let’s see how well they can do without him.”
“I will tell you what might be and what might not be when we get safe.”
Sakho’s temporary deal at Selhurst Park means he is unavailable for Sunday’s clash between Palace and his parent club Liverpool.
£30million is believed to be the fee Liverpool are asking clubs for in exchange for the centre-back as they look to fund a £50million move for Virgil van Dijk.
It recently became clear that no clause was inserted into Sakho’s contract at Palace that would allow the club to sign him on a permanent deal at the end of the season, thereby giving other teams the opportunity to also make a bid.
His impressive form since making the move in January, however, is likely to have convinced the Palace hierarchy that he is well worth the money.