Liverpool will demand £30m for Mamadou Sakho this summer
Liverpool are hoping to benefit from Mamadou Sakho’s loan spell at Crystal Palace by demanding as much as £30m for the defender this summer.
The French international has been in impressive form since moving to the Eagles on loan in January, helping spark a significant upturn in form for Sam Allardyce’s side.
Sakho starred as Palace won at leaders Chelsea on Saturday, and Liverpool plan to cash in on the 27-year-old’s form by offloading him at a profit at the end of the campaign.
The Reds are already aware of interest from both Napoli and Southampton, both of whom are expected to lose first-choice centre backs – Kalidou Koulibaly and Virgil Van Dijk – in the summer.
A number of other Premier League clubs, as well as some in La Liga and Serie A, are monitoring Sakho’s situation too, and Liverpool are hopeful they will be able to demand even more than the £20m they asked for in January. Palace did not agree a right-to-buy clause when securing Sakho’s loan deal earlier in the year.
Sakho, despite his successful return to competitive action, has no future at Anfield and will be allowed to leave once the right offer comes in.
The former Paris Saint-Germain star fell out with manager Jurgen Klopp last summer, and has not featured for the Reds since April 2016.
Liverpool believe they showed last summer that they are able to command high fees for players who are surplus to requirements.
Christian Benteke joined Palace for an initial £27m, while the likes of Joe Allen and Jordon Ibe were also sold for good money given their status as squad players at best.