Mamadou Sakho left out of Liverpool U23s as future hangs in balance

Our reporter Vinny O'Connor has the latest on the future of Mamadou Sakho who hasn't played for Liverpool since scoring in the Merseyside derby in April.

Mamadou Sakho was withdrawn from Liverpool’s U23 team to play Manchester United on Monday as his future hangs in the balance.

The defender is expected to leave Liverpool this month, with the club's hierarchy seeking a fee in the region of £20m for the 26-year-old.

Where Sakho ends up remains up for debate, however, with Sevilla’s interest in the France international believed to have cooled.

Swansea are also thought to be keen but so far nobody has been willing to match the player’s wages, understood to be £105,000 per week.

Sevilla have approached Liverpool about signing Mamadou Sakho
Image: Interest in Sakho has cooled but he is expected to be sold by Liverpool this month

Sakho is yet to make a first-team appearance this season and last played for Liverpool in their 4-0 Merseyside derby win over Everton last April, a game in which he scored the second goal.

Sky Sports News HQ reporter Vinny O’Connor said: “Sakho was left out of Liverpool’s U23 squad yesterday. It’s not the first time this month he’s been left out.

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“The reason behind it is simple. It’s Liverpool’s intention to move him on this month. Indeed, the likelihood is that he will leave in this transfer window.

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“Liverpool are looking to sell for £20m and are not entertaining loan deals at the present moment in time either.

“As it stands, nothing is imminent and his withdrawal from the U23 squad isn’t a signal that a deal is imminent.”

BIRKENHEAD, ENGLAND - JULY 08: Tiago Ilori of Liverpool during the Pre-Season Friendly match between Tranmere Rovers and Liverpool at Prenton Park on July
Image: Tiago Ilori is expected to complete his move to Reading on Tuesday

One Liverpool departure expected to be confirmed on Tuesday is that of defender Tiago Ilori.

The Premier League side accepted Reading's bid of £3.75m plus add-ons for the Portuguese youngster in the first week of the transfer window.

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