Different clubs are keeping tabs on Liverpool’s defender, Mamadou Sakho as he is set to leave Anfield.
However, the club’s manager, Jurgen Klopp stressed that in order for the deal to push through, concerned parties should be willing to pay a £20M transfer fee.
According to This is Anfield, teams such as AC Milan, Inter, Paris Saint Germain (PSG), Lille, Nice and West Bromwich Albion have already shown their interest last January. Unfortunately, they are less likely to continue their pursuit.
Right now, the squads that are aggressively competing for his signature are the Turkish football powerhouse, Galatasaray; Primera Division’s title contender, Sevilla, Southampton and just recently, Swansea also joined the Sakho race.
Swansea’s newly-appointed manager, Paul Clement is said to be very eager in signing the Liverpool outcast as his team pushes for survival.
Yet, among the four, the club that will most likely to have Sakho play for them is no other than Southampton.
Just recently, the France international shared that he is “attracted to the idea of moving to the south coast.”
In addition, the Saints’ team captain, Jose Fonte has already expressed his desire to leave the club and Sakho is perceived as the perfect replacement.
Southampton’s manager, Claudio Puel, however, neither confirmed nor denied the said report.
“It’s a period of speculation of the market window and it’s the same answer and it’s always a difficult market for all the teams,” he shared.
Sakho joined Liverpool in 2013. Since then he has established a seemingly cult-like following in Anfield.
Sadly, his relationship with the then newly-appointed manager, Jurgen Klopp, turned sour.
Disciplinary concerns often cause disagreements between the two. An example of this was when Sakho was forced to go back to Anfield in their US pre-season tour because he missed a flight, training and a team meal.
Prior to that, UEFA suspended him for 30 days after a testing result showed that he is positive for taking a prohibited substance.