13 Oct 2015

Anfield Alert: Klopp could lose 'outstanding' £18m Liverpool star in January. New offer planned

In August, Roma were linked with a move for Liverpool star Mamadou Sakho, but nothing came of the interest, and the France international ended up signing a new contact at Anfield. On the surface, a new deal would seem to mean that 'outstanding' Sakho is at the club for the long term, but new reports this week suggest that Roma will renew their interest during the January transfer window.

The story so far:

* July 2015:  La Lazio Siamo Noi claimed that Sakho - who cost Liverpool £18m - 'asked his agents' to find him a new club.

* Aug 2015: An alleged CalcioMercato exclusive claimed that Sakho is one of Roma's top transfer targets.

* Aug 2015: French newspaper L'Equipe claimed that Sakho was 'questioning' his future, and would consider a move to Roma.

Now, according to Italian newspaper Corriere Dello Sport:

"Roma will make a renewed effort to sign Liverpool's Mamadou Sakho in January. Officials from the Italian club have not given up on the defender and expect to make a bid in the New Year".

Sakho - who cost £18m - recently signed a new 5-year contract, but that means very little, and may be a strategy to ensure that Liverpool get the best possible transfer fee in the future.

There are plenty of examples of this happening over the last five years. Wilfried Bony, for example. The Ivorian striker penned a new contract with Swansea in November 2014, but less than two months later, he signed for Manchester City.

With the European Championship next summer, Sakho needs to be playing regularly, and with a new manager at the helm, there's no guarantee that's going to happen.

On top of everything else, France manager Didier Deschamps recently advised Sakho to quit Liverpool. During a recent interview for RMC Sport, Deschamps was asked the following question:

"Mamadou Sakho hardly played in Liverpool. Do you advise him to leave?"

To which he responded:

"Sakho is suffering because he is a competitor and it's frustrating for him. It is his choice, but the club [Liverpool] needs to let him go."

With Lovren recovering from injury, Sakho's place in the team is probably safe for now, but during his first press conference, Klopp confirmed that one of his major priorities is to create a 'stable defence', and that could mean bringing in another central defender.

Is Sakho willing to gamble his international future on the possibility that he'll be a regular starter under Jurgen Klopp?

It's doubtful that he (or any player) will get any cast-iron assurances, and if Roma guarantee to make him the main man in defence, that may be enough for Sakho to up-sticks and leave.

Author: Jaimie K


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