Lazio eyeing move for Liverpool star (Not Borini)

Lazio are ready to open talks with Liverpool for French centre-back Mamadou Sakho, according to reports from talkSPORT.

The Reds star’s agent is due to meet with officials from the Italian club later this week, with the Serie A side eager to land the powerful defender.

Any move will come as a shock for Liverpool fans, with Sakho widely seen as the second best centre-back at Anfield behind Martin Skrtel.

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Although the 25-year-old has endured a tough time at the club since his 2013 arrival, he has shown signs of promise and was particularly impressive when Brendan Rodgers switched to a three-man backline over the latter stages of 2014/15.

Sakho has also played a big role in the club’s recent pre-season games in the Far East and Australia, finding the back of the net with a powerful header against the Thailand All-Stars in Bangkok last week.

Lazio are eager to snap him up on an initial loan deal with a view to a permanent transfer next summer, and can offer the former Paris Saint-Germain man Champion League football.

The Rome giants have also been linked with unwanted Liverpool striker Fabio Borini.