In Focus: Liverpool may have to compromise on £30m fee as Roma eye Sakho

According to reports in The Sun on Sunday, AS Roma have made an approach for out-of-favour Liverpool centre-back Mamadou Sakho, but they will have to pay £30m to prise him away from the Reds.

What’s the word, then?

Well, the France international fell out with manager Jurgen Klopp last summer when he was sent home from their pre-season tour of America after breaking some club rules, and he hasn’t played for the Merseyside outfit since.

The 27-year-old spent the second-half of last season on loan at Premier League rivals Crystal Palace and he made a big impression, helping the Eagles narrowly avoid relegation to the Championship by helping to strengthen their backline.

Despite that, Sakho doesn’t look to have a future at Anfield and along with Palace, Roma have now registered their interest in the Frenchman, who The Sun on Sunday will only be allowed to leave for £30m.

How well did Sakho do with the Eagles?

He proved to be an influential addition to a leaky defence with Palace conceding just one Premier League goal – away at leaders Chelsea – in Sakho’s first four appearances for the south London club.

The Frenchman went on to make a further four outings before picking up a ligament injury in the defeat to Tottenham at Selhurst Park in April, which saw him sit out the remainder of the campaign.

Having made 49 clearances in those eight games, he certainly made a decisive impact.

Would Liverpool be right to let him go?

They probably would be, yes.

It is clear to see that Jurgen Klopp doesn’t really see any way back for the centre-back and considering he has the likes of Dejan Lovren, Joel Matip, Joe Gomez and Ragnar Klavan to choose from at the heart of the defence, Sakho probably isn’t going to be required in the upcoming campaign.

However, they could look to keep him if they fail to sign Virgil van Dijk from Southampton, with the latest reports in The Telegraph on Friday saying that Saints are determined to keep him for next season.

The Reds also certainly may have a problem convincing the likes of Roma to pay £30m for a player whose suitors know that his club is keen to get rid of, and it remains to be seen whether they will compromise in order to offload before the transfer window closes next month.