Of all the players likely to still be at Liverpool when the January transfer window closes, defender Mamadou Sakho is not one of them.
The French international has been exiled from the first team by manager Jurgen Klopp following a number of indiscretions, and has been playing and training with the under-23s for the entirety of this season so far.
Although he had fitness issues at the beginning of the season, Sakho is now fully fit and has been playing regularly in Michael Beale’s reserve side. Klopp, though, has refused to even entertain him as a substitute option in any of Liverpool’s games, league or cup, this season.
To that end, he is widely expected to be leaving Anfield, be it on loan or permanently, in the next few weeks with a number of clubs interested in his services.
There would, however, appear to be a stumbling block – the Mail are reporting that Liverpool are demanding a £500,000 loan fee for any club to take him off their hands.
The report names West Brom and West Ham as two Premier League sides interested in acquiring the 26-year-old until the end of the season (after Stoke and Sunderland withdrew their interest in the summer). The loan fee, coupled with Sakho’s reported £80,000 per week wage demands, could prevent either interested side from making a bid for him.
Ligue 1 side Lille are reportedly interested in bringing the former Paris Saint-Germain captain back to his homeland, while Milan outfits AC and Inter are monitoring the situation with a view to taking the centre-back to Serie A – though the latter two are unlikely to even entertain the idea if Liverpool don’t lower their demands.
Sakho, meanwhile, and fellow outcast Tiago Ilori arelikely to be the only two players allowed to leave in January.