Paris St Germain (PSG) defender Mamadou Sakho has confirmed interest from Brendan Rodgers and Liverpool. The 23-year-old French international is highly rated in his homeland and is a key member of the Ligue 1 champions' defensive line.
However, Sakho has found regular first team football difficult to come by in recent seasons and has been forced to share starts with Brazilian defender Alex. In addition, Sakho has also lost his captain's armband to fellow centre-back Thiago Silva, who is now first choice in the centre of defence.
The young Frenchman, who can play either at centre-back or left-back, is therefore believed to be contemplating his future and according to French publication Le10 Sport emerged as a target for the Reds last week.
Rodgers may have to fight for his man though, with the player also confirming interest from Serie A giants AC Milan, who can offer Champions League football... something the Merseyside cannot.
"I am flattered by the interest of historic clubs like Liverpool and AC Milan. We will see what happens in the near future. I have to make a decision. PSG is my club, I was born here and I learned my football here," Sakho explained.
Any prospective deal taking Sakho away from the French capital may have to wait on new PSG boss Laurent Blanc. The former France national team boss has been appointed to replace new Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti.
PSG have offered Sakho a new contract but he has stalled on accepting the extension because he is looking for guaranteed regular football.
"I want to play for this club all my life, but it is clear that I do not want to sit on the bench. I have not played as much as I would have liked last season because of the choices of the coach," Sakho said.
"Every player wants to play every week, too. There is an offer on the table. I'll be able to talk with the new coach and see what he thinks."