Liverpool want £20m from Galatasaray for out-of-favour defender

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Mamadou Sakho may be frozen out of the Liverpool first team but that won’t affect the club’s bargaining position in the January transfer window. The BBC report that the French defender won’t be sold unless they receive £20 million from interested clubs. Galatasaray and Southampton are believed to be considering a bid. The 26-year-old was a firm favourite before his downfall last season.

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He was first frozen out by Jurgen Klopp after crossing the boss early in 2016. Things were rosy before a series of setbacks. He was a first choice defender for Liverpool until he failed a drugs test in April, a development which resulted in his suspension. He hasn’t made an appearance for the first team since then.

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It’s not simply the failed drugs test behind his demotion. A combination of injuries and disciplinary problems saw Klopp lose faith in Sakho. This was evident when he interrupted a Klopp interview during the summer for comic effect. The coach’s stony reaction spoke volumes. He ended up sending Sakho home from that USA tour.

Sevilla are also said to be interested in the player.

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