Mamadou Sakho’s downfall with Liverpool is well documented. There is no way back for the French central defender, and Liverpool are seeking to offload the player in whatever way possible: a straight transfer, loan with or without an option to buy. In short, Liverpool will consider all offers for Sakho.
According to L’Équipe, LFC will not stand in the way of any move to whichever club Sakho chooses, there is still mutual respect between club and player, with the Frenchman having dealt with his recent isolation almost entirely professionally.
The 26 year old is not lacking in potential suitors. Turkish giants Galatasaray have positioned themselves in recent weeks, with the player’s entourage describing the opportunity as “a very big club”.
Inter and AC Milan are also in the running, but Sakho’s preference is to remain in the Premier League.
To that end, Stoke City and West Brom, who submitted offers during the summer transfer window, are still said to be monitoring the situation. Tony Pulis’ side are understood to be in regular contact with the player’s representatives.
Two other Premier League sides have manifested themselves in recent days. The first is West Ham United, who are looking to add quality to a squad that has massively underperformed in the first half of the season.
The second and most serious new suitor is Claude Puel’s Southampton. Following the transfer request submitted by Jose Fonte yesterday, the Saints are seriously considering a move for French international Sakho, and talks appear likely to accelerate in the coming 10 days.
The player himself is interested in the move to Southampton. It would give him the chance to play at Anfield twice this season, once in the EFL Cup and once in the Premier League, where Sakho could finally exact revenge for his supposed maltreatment in 2016.