PSG Owner Reveals Sakho "Wants to Leave"

Dennis Grombkowski

Liverpool fans hoping to see the arrival of Mamadou Sakho at Anfield before the end of the summer received a boost today when PSG's owner admitted the player wants to leave France this month.

With Kolo Toure joining Sebastian Coates on the sidelines while the status of Martin Skrtel—injured, "injured," or simply so far out of favour he isn't in consideration to make the bench against a League One side—remains up in the air, it was likely inevitable that rumours linking Liverpool to PSG's Mamadou Sakho would begin to grow once again. And whether or not Sakho heads to Anfield, it seems almost certain he will be leaving PSG this summer.

"This is a child of the club, just as Steven Gerrard is at Liverpool [so] I'm a little surprised that he wants to leave," Nasser al-Khelaifi, PSG's president, told L'Equipe. "I had a discussion with him. My position is very clear and he knows it: we want to keep him and we will do everything we can to do that [but] the defender is out of contract next summer and has rejected the club's new two-year-deal."

With the long-term health of Kyriakos Papadopoulos's knee remans up in the air and Toby Alderweild looking more likely to head to La Liga after Atletico Madrid made the summer's first formal offer for the player—one Ajax rejected in the hopes Atletico will raise it—Sakho seems the most likely of Liverpool's oft-rumours centre half targets to arrive at Anfield before the window closes.

However, the English club will face stiff competition for Sakho, with Roma and Milan reportedly continuing to chase the French defender and new whispers of Napoli interest.

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