Young, tall, athletic, strong and talented are all words used to describe PSG's enigmatic Mamadou Sakho. The former team captain has long been admired by coaches across Europe. His skill set is everything you look for in a centerback. In short, he has the ability to become one of the best in the world.
With the developments regarding Sakho and his position at PSG over the last year, it is easy to see why there are many teams being discussed as potential destinations for the star. Over the past year, Sakho has dealt with injuries, fitness issues, was stripped of his captaincy and lost his starting job. Sakho commented early in the transfer season that if PSG purchased another defender, he would look to leave.
That defender arrived in the imposing figure of Thiago Silva, perhaps the best central defender in the game.
While Sakho has not publicly pushed for a move from PSG since Silva's transfer was completed, interested parties definitely remembered his earlier comments. The press remembered too, and with it arrived a great deal of print dedicated to potential destinations for the young defender.
Among the teams linked are Arsenal, Liverpool and PSG's Ligue 1 rivals Olympique Lyon. As most would agree, the likelihood of PSG selling Sakho to Lyon are slim. The more likely destination would be abroad to a team like Arsenal, Liverpool or even AC Milan as a replacement for Silva.
Before the fans of the aforementioned teams get their hopes up, Sky Sports points out a major reason Sakho will remain at PSG.
"Chantome and Sakho are two players that are very difficult to get because they were educated at the club," Bernard Lacombe, advisor to Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas, told belNSport.
As Lyon president Aulas is quoted from Sky Sports, Sakho is homegrown talent, making him difficult to obtain. Why is being homegrown such a big deal? Aulas explains further:
"PSG are forced to register four players educated by the club in the Champions League. So they will not part with them."
"PSG replied 'no' to us both on sport and administrative levels."
See the entire Sky Sports article here.
The quest for Champions League glory rears its head again. Sakho is one of the few "homegrown talents" that can be afforded a spot in registering for the Champions League. PSG may have discussed this with their young defender. This may be why Sakho has not made a lot of noise regarding leaving.
The other reason Sakho has made less noise regarding a move may be plans Ancelotti has shared with the player about his future with PSG. Versatile enough to play at left back, along with center, Sakho could see plenty of action with all competitions PSG are competing in.
His ceiling is still very high, and with a mentor like Silva now in the stable, PSG could reap the benefits of keeping Sakho for years to come. That would be disappointing news for those lining up for his services.