Reports are suggesting that Liverpool are close to signing French defender Mamadou Sakho, having agreed a deal for the player.
The club’s defensive needs were heightened with the groin injury to Kolo Toure, who had an encouraging start to his career at Anfield.
Last night, BBC journalist Ben Smith said that deals were coming for Sakho and Sporting Lisbon’s Tiago Ilori.
Hoped that Sakho and Ilori will arrive on Merseyside for medicals in the next 24hrs. Does not mean Skrtel is on the way, I’m told
— Ben Smith (@BenSmithBBC) August 30, 2013
It’d be an impressive end to the transfer window for Liverpool, who hadn’t made any additions to a thin backline until the arrival of Aly Cissokho a few weeks ago. All going well, the Merseysiders will have the starting combinations of Daniel Agger, Toure when he returns, as well as Sakho and Ilori. Additionally, Martin Kelly and Andre Wisdom will provide adequate cover from a youth perspective.
This will likely signal the end of Martin Skrtel’s career in England, with a move to Rafa Benitez’s Napoli on the cards. It would be against Liverpool’s recent policy of moving on overpaid players for the Slovakian to stay, and he’s unlikely to play any part in Brendan Rodgers’ plans.
Sakho can also play left back when required, but is unlikely to usurp the tandem of Jose Enrique and Cissokho unless absolutely required. Glen Johnson is a permanent fixture at right back.
Goal.com are reporting that Sakho’s transfer could be for around €17million, making him the most expensive defender Liverpool will have signed.
The Reds will pay the Ligue 1 champions a €17 million fee for the 23-year-old defender as Brendan Rodgers looks to improve his defensive options for the 2013-14 campaign.
Sakho has played over 150 league games for PSG, with the Frenchman having been capped 14 times by his country, and he will compete with Daniel Agger and Kolo Toure for a place in Rodgers’s starting XI.
Liverpool are also rumoured to be after Chelsea winger Victor Moses on a season long loan deal.
Rodgers’ side will be hoping the temporary acquisition would follow the trend created by Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge, of young players performing well above their values. If the Nigerian does have a good season, it’s still unlikely Chelsea would hold onto him next summer considering his style of play and the Blues attack heavy squad.