Liverpool FC are lining up a move for PSG defender Mamadou Sakho as contract talks stalls between PSG and the defender.
The 23-year-old’s future at PSG has been for speculations since last summer. The talented defender has been scouted by a lot of big clubs across Europe, including the likes of Arsenal, AC Milan, Barcelona, Liverpool and now Monaco. The French international’s current contract at PSG is about to expire at the end of next season and the French club has offered him an extension. But reports suggest that Sakho is unwilling to commit his future to the club and is now looking for options elsewhere. He has already stated recently that the Monaco project excites him as the new big spenders in France are reportedly lining up a move for him.
Sakho hasn’t been able to grab a permanent place in the starting eleven at PSG as Ancelotti has looked to rotate. The 23-year-old’s prime concern is regular first team action, Back in March he expressed his displeasure at being the third choice defender at the club, which he feels is hurting his chances to grab a place in the national team.
“In the coach’s hierarchy I am the third choice. I can accept it but I don’t understand. To do well with the National team I need to play continuously. The next season will be important for me, and to continue to improve I will need to play more often.” – Sakho was quoted back then.
It is understood that Sakho will have one final discussion with new manager Laurent Blanc before making his final decision. Meanwhile reports from England suggest that Liverpool have revived their interest in Sakho and are closely monitoring this situation.
Liverpool have had a busy summer so far and have already captured the likes of Kolo Toure, Iago Aspas, Luis Alberto and Simon Mignolet. It seems that Brendan Rodgers is now eager to add one more defender to the squad as the future of Martin Skrtel and Sebastian Coates remains in doubts. Skrtel has been linked with Napoli, while Coates is rumoured to be on his way to Italy as well. Liverpool were initially interested in Kyriakos Papadopoulos, but Schalke’s high demands have prevented them from making any progress in this move. The Merseyside club were also considering Swansea City defender Ashley Williams, but the interest seemed to have faded off with time.
Mamadou Sakho will be a fine addition to the Liverpool squad. He is strong in the air and seems like someone who will be capable of handling the physical nature of the Premier League. But the question that might arise in this deal, is whether Rodgers can guarantee him regular first team action, which seems to be his prime concern at the moment.
Steven Gerrard Believes The New Signings Can Take The Club Forward
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has expressed his delight at the club’s recent success in the transfer market, where they have already made four key-signings. The England international believes that these new arrivals can help Liverpool in putting up a better challenge for the top-four spot in league than last season.
“I’m really looking forward to getting started, especially with the news of us making a few signings.
“It’s always important to get faces in as soon as possible; they can get a full pre-season under their belt, get to know the lads and how the manager wants to play.
“There are some exciting names in there so everyone is excited.”
“I know very little about them, but I have a lot belief and confidence in Brendan and the scouting department that they are going to make the right decisions and I have seen bits and bobs of the new signings we have made.
“I am really looking forward to getting back to work next week and seeing what the new players have got to offer and see if they can help strengthen our squad to put in a better fight for a top-four finish.” – Gerrard was quoted in press.