If you’re wondering if there’s any news on the Liverpool transfer front as the September 2 deadline draws closer, you’re in luck.
Manager Brendan Rodgers has reportedly opened talks for PSG defender Mamadou Sakho to help fill the void left by Kolo Toure and Sebastian Coates, both of whom are sidelined with injuries, per James Orr of The Independent.
CNN Sports’ Tancredi Palmeri relayed Sky Italia reports to corroborate Orr’s Sakho story:
Liverpool is in advanced talks for Sakho with PSG, according to Sky Italy— Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) August 27, 2013
According to Patrick Jennings of Sports Direct News, the club have been told that Sakho would cost them £12 million if they wish to orchestrate his transfer to Anfield. That’s a small price to pay for a solid centre-half pickup this late in the summer.
But will Liverpool actually see it through and improve their side before it’s too late?
The news of this planned deal coincides with reports by the Daily Mirror’s David Maddock, who asserted that Liverpool will make signings before the transfer window closes early next week. He pointed to Sakho as the most likely candidate, but also restated the club’s interest in Schalke defender Kyriakos Papadopoulos.
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Despite the news of transfer talks and prices being listed for Anfield to acquire Sakho, PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi doesn’t see his 23-year-old defender skipping town. “I had a discussion with him. My position is very clear and he knows it. We want to keep him and we will do everything to achieve that,” Al-Khelaifi said, per David Anderson of the Daily Mirror.
Once the transfer window saga unfolds, Liverpool could be in two completely different places. We know Rodgers wants to do everything in his power to solidify his side and make a push for a top-four finish.
Nobody wants to miss out on Champions League football, but sometimes it’s just not a reality. With the way things are looking currently, it's hard to imagine Liverpool cracking into that elite group.
If Rodgers can’t find a way to secure Sakho or find another prominent replacement, his club may miss out on a top-four finish for the fifth year in a row.