Stoke City have joined a host of clubs interested in signing Liverpool centre-back Mamadou Sakho.
The 27-year-old Frenchman spent last season on loan at Crystal Palace and it is understood Liverpool are keen to sell the player.
Sakho is certainly a proven Premier League performer at centre-back, making him very valuable. Liverpool currently value the player at around £30 million, but for Stoke to agree a fee this may have to come down closer to £20 million. But in the modern market a reliable centre-back like Sakho is very expensive.
The reason for Sakho’s high price tag is also his ability on the ball. He is an accurate passer and doesn’t buckle under pressure from a high pressing opposition. Sakho is also very quick for a defender and possesses great strength.
Stoke will be keen to buy a centre-back this window in order to replace Bruno Martins-Indi who has returned to Porto after his loan. Sakho would be a perfect fit for Stoke. Not only would he strengthen the defence, he would also help Stoke’s efforts to play out from the back. Sakho is also flexible and is able to play in a back 3 or a back 4. This would also suit Stoke as Mark Hughes likes to alternate between the two.
For Sakho himself a move would represent an opportunity for first team, Premier League football. If he performs well enough he may even have a chance of getting into France’s squad for the World Cup next year in Russia. After a turbulent couple of year at Liverpool Sakho certainly needs a move and Stoke could a perfect fit.
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