Report: Popular Liverpool first team star Mamadou Sakho linked with shock exit

Italian sides are attempting to sign Mamadou Sakho from Liverpool.

Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho has been linked with a shock summer exit.

French website Maxifoot report the centre-back is a transfer target for Serie A sides Roma and Lazio.

Sakho's agent is said to have already held talks with both clubs, who are trying to convince him he will get more chances to play regularly.

The defender is aiming to play an important role for France at Euro 2016 next summer, and he is claimed to be carefully considering his future as to how he can put himself in the best situation to succeed.

Sakho is a popular member of the Liverpool side among teammates and supporters, although his 2014/15 season did not go as planned.

The former PSG ace struggled with injuries, restricting him to featuring in less than 20 Premier League games.

Liverpool should be pulling out all of the stops to try and keep him, and try to sell Dejan Lovren instead if they need to move players on, and hope that the prospect of a move is not something Sakho is taking too seriously.

The Reds have, overall put together a good summer of transfer business so far, but losing the centre-back would be seen as a backwards step.

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