Liverpool have offered Mamadou Sakho a new long-term contract despite the France international being omitted from Brendan Rodgers’ plans for the first two games of the Premier League season, according to top media.
The Reds are moving to try to keep the France international centre-back amid interest from European clubs like AS Roma and Bayer Leverkusen.
The 25-year-old has been the subject of interest from Roma and Bayer Leverkusen after he was left out of the match-day squads for Liverpool’s wins over Stoke City and Bournemouth.
Rodgers had preferred to start Dejan Lovren alongside Martin Skrtel so far, having informed the Croatia international he would be the first choice before the start of the campaign, and selected the veteran Kolo Touré ahead of Sakho on the substitutes’ bench.
But Roma’s recent offer to take him on a season-long loan was rejected while Bayer Leverkusen’s interest has also received no encouragement.
Manager Brendan Rodgers does not want to sell the 25-year-old, who he sees as an integral part of his squad.
Sakho left Paris Saint-Germain for Anfield in 2013 following concern at a lack of playing time with his boyhood club and is anxious for regular first-team football before next summer’s European Championship in France.
Yet despite interest in the £18 million defender and his current predicament at Anfield, Liverpool have informed potential suitors they have no plans to sell Sakho this summer and have underlined their confidence in the former PSG captain by offering him an extended contract.
It is believed the new deal would increase his wage from around £75,000 a week to nearer £100,000 a week. Negotiations are only at a preliminary stage, however, and Sakho is likely be promised for first team place before signing a new deal.