Developments: Liverpool target sets out £20m 'career strategy'

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Paris Saint Germain's highly rated central defender Mamadou Sakho has moved a step closer to a summer move to England, with Liverpool and Arsenal vying for his signature.

The 21-year-old French international has been a regular in Ligue 1 from a very young age, and has attracted interest from a number of top clubs around Europe after a series of commanding displays this season.

Liverpool and Arsenal have been frequently linked with a move for the imposing defender and now, according to the Daily Mail, PSG have told Sakho's suitors that £20million will be enough to land him.

The centre-back is said to have been on the respective radars of Arsene Wenger and Damien Comolli for some time, with the Arsenal boss and Liverpool director of football both keen to secure a summer deal.


Both clubs will be buoyed by Sakho's recent comments who discussed the possibility of a summer move in a recent interview.

"There has been contact this summer, I have extended until 2014 and I know where I want to go, I have a career strategy.

"I know what I want to achieve at Paris how long I want to stay, so I don't pay any attention about what is rumoured."

Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish is keen to strengthen in the central defensive position and has earmarked Sakho as a potential summer recruit to Anfield.

The Reds have also been linked with moves for Gary Cahill and Roger Johnson in recent weeks – both of whom have the advantage of Barclays Premier League experience.

Arsenal too have been linked with Cahill, but are now preparing to rival Liverpool for Sakho's signature when the transfer window reopens in June.

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