By Matt Farr
AS Roma are considering a summer move for Liverpool outcast Mamadou Sakho, according to a report.
Goal claim that the Italian side are lining up a swoop for the 27-year-old defender as they prepare for life without Kostas Manolas next season.
Manolas has been heavily coveted by a number of top European clubs, but it is believed that Inter Milan are favourites to land him after the two parties agreed personal terms.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, meanwhile is prepared to spend a club record sum to bring in a top class centre-back this summer, which could spell the end of Sakho’s time at the club.
The Times reported that Klopp was ready to blow Everton out of the water with a £50million move for Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk in the summer.
Sakho was shipped out on loan to Premier League strugglers Crystal Palace in January, having fallen out of favour at the Merseyside club.
But the France international has excelled during his short time at Selhurst Park, playing a key role as Crystal Palace tightened their grip on Premier League survival in recent weeks.
It remains to be seen what the future holds for Sakho at Anfield, with the defender expected to return at the end of the season, but it is understood that Klopp may consider cashing-in to make way for a big-money arrival.
Liverpool believe they can secure a fee in the region of £30million for his services this summer.
His possible departure from Liverpool is likely to spark a domino effect across Europe this summer as clubs seek replacements for their outbound defensive assets.
Football Insider verdict
Not so long ago, it looked certain that Sakho would never play for Liverpool again. But his displays for Crystal Palace since the new year have offered faint hope that he could have a role to play under Klopp beyond the current season. Given Liverpool’s ongoing defensive struggles, there would be absolutely no harm in reinstating Sakho into the first team squad, and seeing if he can replicate his good form in Merseyside. However, the club are also seemingly willing to spend big, and that could make life difficult for him in the long term. He deserves a fresh opportunity to impress at Liverpool, but should he quit the club for AS Roma, or another European giant, he will no doubt be a huge hit.
In other Liverpool transfer news, the Reds are set to open contract talks with this soon-to-be-available midfielder in the summer.