Liverpool want £30m for Sakho; three suitors emerge

Matt Stead

Liverpool will demand £30million for Mamadou Sakho this summer as the defender’s performances for Crystal Palace have seen his stock rise.

Sakho has not featured for the Reds this season, having fallen out with manager Jurgen Klopp on a pre-season tour of the United States.

The Frenchman has not appeared for Liverpool since August after being sidelined due to a drugs ban, which was overturned in the summer.

Palace swooped to sign him on loan in January, and he has been a revelation for Sam Allardyce’s side.

The south London side have won each of the four games that Sakho has started, conceding only one goal.

As a result, Liverpool have set their valuation of Sakho at £30m, with Palace one of three clubs who will seek a permanent deal in the summer.

The Liverpool Echo report that Southampton and Napoli are also interested in the 27-year-old, who likely does not have a future at Anfield beyond the summer.

It is claimed that ‘a number of other Premier League clubs, as well as some in La Liga and Serie A’, are also monitoring Sakho’s situation.

Liverpool wanted to sell the defender in January, but no permanent buyers emerged. They were requesting fees of around £20m for the player then, but are aware that his recent performances have attracted further interest.