In France, Nice and Marseille have both been linked with a January move for Mamadou Sakho. According to La Parisien, though, the player could be set to shun a return to France in favour of Serie A, with both of Milan’s giants reportedly interested in his services.
Over the summer, Sakho was linked with loan moves to a string of mid-table clubs in England as well as to Galatasaray and Fenerbahce in Turkey. He blocked all of them, instead choosing to remain at Liverpool to fight for his future at the club.
It appears now that Sakho has accepted that fight has been lost, but according to the French reports, the player is determined not to take a major step down in the class of club or league if he does leave Liverpool, and that could be bad for any French club looking to sign him.
Despite PSG’s omnipresence in Europe in recent seasons, Ligue 1 lacks the prestige of Europe’s big four, and if it’s true that both Inter and AC Milan are interested, they would indeed seem far more appeaing destinations for Sakho than Nice or Marseille.
Following the initial reports in France, the story has since been picked up in Italy, where the belief is that Sakho would accept a move to either club and that Liverpool would be more than happy to deal.