Report: AS Roma seek season-long loan deal for Liverpool star Mamadou Sakho

Liverpool’s Mamadou Sakho has emerged as a target for AS Roma.

According to a report in the French paper Footmercato, AS Roma are seeking a season-long loan deal for Liverpool centre-back Mamadou Sakho.

The French defender started last week’s trip to Stoke City on the bench with boss Brendan Rodgers seemingly favouring former Southampton man Dejan Lovren to partner Martin Skrtel.

The 25-year-old has never been a regular for the Reds since joining the club from Paris Saint-Germain in 2013, starting just 15 Premier League matches last term.

Roma have just sold Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa to Lyon, so the Italian outfit have seemingly identified Sakho as a realistic and ideal short-term replacement.

As per Footmercato, the Serie A giants backed by director of football Walter Sabatini are seeking a season-long loan deal but interestingly without the option of a permanent purchase.

Potential benefits:

Aside from Sakho, Liverpool have a number of defensive options with Skrtel, Lovren, Kolo Toure and Emre Can all vying for a first-team spot while youngster Joe Gomez is also capable of playing in the middle.

The Reds have plenty to gain from if they decide to allow Sakho to leave on a season-long loan deal, though it’s entirely dependent on whether they believe they sufficient cover his potential absence.

Regular first-team experience in Rome could see the former PSG star return to Merseyside a much better player. Moreover, from a selling standpoint, improvement would see his value increase over the season.

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