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Mamadou Sakho Holding Out for France Return

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According to reports in France, Sakho is willing to leave Liverpool—but only for a return to his homeland.

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When Mamadou Sakho rejected a Besiktas move earlier today, the assumption was that it signalled the French defender would remain at Liverpool for the coming season, even if it meant that he would be stuck in the stands following an apparent falling-out with manager Jürgen Klopp.

Now, though, France radio station RMC are claiming that Sakho is willing to make a move—it’s just that he has decided that if he isn’t able to stay at Liverpool this season, he wants to head back to France. Yet a return to PSG seems unlikely, leaving only question marks and uncertainty.

So far, there have been no reported links to clubs in France from journalists with ties to Liverpool, and there is nothing so far out of France beyond RMC’s suggestion that Sakho is set on a return to the country of his birth, and it could well be that Sakho will still be at Liverpool tomorrow.

In addition to Besiktas, the 26-year-old centre half has been linked with loan moves to Stoke City, West Bromwich Albion, and Sunderland over the past week. In every case, it has been Sakho who has been believed to have stopped a deal from being completed.