Mamadou Sakho hasn’t played a competitive game for Liverpool since last spring, when a later overturned doping ban ran into injury and then injury ran into a falling out with manager Jürgen Klopp. The whole unlikely mess added up to the end of Sakho’s Liverpool career.
He stuck around at the club over the summer in the hopes of reviving it, but the autumn proved he would have been better off moving on, and now he is willing to do so. The only question is where he ends up and when exactly the deal gets done. It’s when and where, not if.
Today, the Daily Mail’s Dominic King—a reporter with known ties to the club—claims Sakho is going to decide on that future shortly. As in, within the next two days. However, as there are no advanced-stage offers on the table, a decision isn’t the same as a completed deal.
Earlier in the month, there was rumour of interest from Sevilla and Galatasaray, as well as from a handful of clubs in Italy. However, over the last week it had been suggested Liverpool might have priced the continental clubs out of the picture with their transfer demands.
Then, reports that Southampton would move for him to replace want-away José Fonte cropped up. Bolstered by the money from Fonte’s potential sale, a deal for Sakho wouldn’t be out of the possibility for the Saints—who might finally get a player heading their way from Anfield.
Such a move would reportedly be of interest to Sakho, and if both Southampton’s interest and Sakho’s desire to determine his future within the next few days are both rooted in truth, we should know more about a potential move to the south coast for the French defender shortly.