By Harvey Byrne
Liverpool have rejected a loan bid for centre-back Mamadou Sakho from Southampton, according to a Sky journalist.
The 26-year-old centre-back has not featured under Jurgen Klopp this campaign after being sent home from the club’s summer tour of the United States.
It is believed that the player is available to leave the club, but Sky Sports journalist Kaveh Solhekol reported on his personal Twitter account on Thursday that the club are holding out for a £20million offer for the player after loan talks with Southampton.
Liverpool reject loan bid from Southampton for defender Mamadou Sakho. Liverpool want permanent deal & value Sakho at £20 million
— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) January 19, 2017
Sakho made the switch to Liverpool in the 2013 summer window in an £18million deal from cash-rich French side Paris Saint-Germain.
The France international centre-back has featured in 80 appearances in total for the Merseyside giants and still has three years left on his current contract.
It is clear that the Reds are looking to recoup some of the fee that they originally paid out for Sakho, but the valuation could price out a number of clubs.
There was already reports that the Saints had been put off by the player’s high wages, while the Liverpool valuation would trump Southampton’s record signing of £16million spent on Sofiane Boufal in the summer.
Football Insider verdict:
Realistically no club will pay £20million for Sakho. The player missed the end of the last campaign after violating an anti-doping rule, meaning he has gone a long time without playing senior football. He has been stuck in the Under-23s all season, which is a clear level below the professional game and also signifies that Klopp isn’t interested in the defender anymore. £20million is a massive price for a defender and even more so for a player who is frozen out at a club. Therefore, Liverpool are left with two scenarios. To drop the price tag, or to leave the player to rot in the youth team.
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