Liverpool are under fire after they went ahead and sold midfielder Mamadou Sakho for a world record fee, with the player now on the verge of leaving the club and being sold on the open market.
The Reds are reportedly keen to sign Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez from Manchester City, and could offer £80m plus a further £30m in add-ons for the 21-year-old.
Some Liverpool supporters have suggested the sale is the perfect opportunity for the club to strengthen its squad, as it did with the signing of Mamadu Sakho, and that they are being played for peanuts.
Others, however, believe that the money could be better spent elsewhere, especially on a player like Alexis Sanchez.
In the end, it’s difficult to say exactly how much money Liverpool will pay for the player, who has yet to play a game for the Reds.
But the player himself has admitted he feels the club is being forced to sell him in order to pay off the debt on his contract.
He was signed on a five-year deal in 2015, and has been linked with a number of clubs, including Liverpool, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain.
But he has refused to sign a new deal, which he feels is unfair, and is currently out of contract in 2019.
He has scored three goals in six appearances this season, with Liverpool currently seventh in the Premier League.
What is Mamadus salary?
A transfer fee of £60m was the price Liverpool paid for Sakho in 2016, and he now earns around £5m per season.
His previous highest wage was £20m, but the transfer fee for Sako was less than £10m.
Sakho’s signing was controversial, with some supporters claiming it was a massive sell-off, and said it was only the right price for the young player.
“The price was the right amount for the right player, the right type of player and the right quality of player.
If he was a different type of striker and had been signed for a much lower price, he would have been a very attractive signing,” said Brendan Rodgers.
“He was very good.
I think that we can do a lot better. “
But when you look at the player at the moment, and the player he is, he’s not at all what Liverpool need, not at the club level.
“Mamadou’s signing is a huge disappointment, for sure. “
We are a very young team, we have some big questions to answer. “
Mamadou’s signing is a huge disappointment, for sure.
We are a very young team, we have some big questions to answer.
But we are a team with big ambition.
It’s a massive disappointment for all of us.”
In his post-match press conference, Rodgers revealed Sakho was still being tracked by Arsenal, and his agent, Joel Campbell, was quoted as saying: “The player has expressed his desire to play for Liverpool and has told me he is looking forward to the opportunity to make his debut in a Liverpool shirt.”
Arsene Wenger was quoted in the Liverpool Echo as saying he would not comment on Sakho until he had a chance to speak to the player.
He will now join his new club in the Emirates Stadium, and will make his Anfield debut on Friday.
Liverpool’s future Mamadous salary is a staggering £60million, which would make him the highest paid player in the English Premier League, and would make Arsenal the highest-paid team in the world.
Sako is yet to score a goal for the team, with only one in four Premier League games since his arrival.
What happened next?
Mamadoul Sakho left the club at the end of the 2016/17 season, but did not return to the side until the following year, scoring three goals and registering eight assists in all competitions for the side.
He left the Reds in the summer of 2018 after failing to impress in the first full season of his contract, and signed a new contract in March 2019.
After that, the striker became a free agent.
What does Alexis Sanchez cost?
The player has a contract with the club until 2020, with a release clause of £100m, and Liverpool are reported to be ready to match that fee.
He made just seven appearances for the first team last season, scoring two goals.
He then signed a £35m transfer from Manchester United to Barcelona, but only started four matches for the Catalan side, scoring just one goal.
He is now on his second contract with Liverpool, having joined the club as a free transfer in 2018.
The player made just four Premier Court appearances last season after joining the club for £8m.
The club have said they will be looking to sell Alexis Sanchez, and have also offered around £60 million in addons to the deal.
The Arsenal-based player himself is reportedly keen on a move to Anfield, and wants to stay with