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AC Milan Reportedly Drop Out of Sakho Race

More good news arrives on the potential arrival of Mamadou Sakho as AC Milan end interest in the Paris Saint Germain defender. Liverpool could be front runners in any potential deal with the French club.

Dean Mouhtaropoulos

Liverpool need at least one centre back in light of recent injury trauma and uncertainty surrounding current defensive personnel. Martin Skrtel's current position in the squad is perilous. Yet queries don't stop there. Kolo Toure, Daniel Agger, and Andre Wisdom have questions surrounding them related to injuries, durability, and experience. Mamadou Sakho has been linked with Liverpool but it was uncertain that he would leave his home-town club. Any questions on Sakho's intentions were dispelled by the revelation from PSG President, Nasser al-Khelaifi that Mamadou Sakho actually wants to leave the club.

Serie A side, AC Milan, were linked with a move for Sakho but the Italian giants have reportedly decided to focus on other positions. There have been rumours that the AC Milan hierarchy were looking to improve on first-choice pairing Cristián Zapata and Philippe Mexes or at least add greater competition with experienced stalwart Daniele Bonera out until October. Matias Silvestre was a summer arrival from rivals Internazionale on a loan-to-buy deal while 19 year-old Jherson Vergara, a new signing, is due to return from a pre-season injury in September.

Despite AC Milan's own central defensive worries, Max Allegri is looking elsewhere. AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani confirmed,  "Our coach has specifically asked for a centre forward. Not a second striker, nor a midfielder or defender." Roma are still believed to be in the picture as a replacement is sought for Marquinhos, who incidentally left the Italian capital club for PSG. Liverpool's interest appears to be genuine according to the BBC's Ben Smith on twitter, who was kind enough to reply to an inquisitive member of the social networking service.

More news should arrive over the next few days as central defence remains a position in need of quality assistance. If a deal is struck with PSG for the transfer of Sakho to Liverpool, Sakho would only need to spend less than 90 minutes to fly from Paris to Liverpool.

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