The Reds appear to be leading the race for Valencia’s Cissokho.
Liverpool are getting ever closer to bringing Valencia defender Aly Cissokho to Anfield on a season-long loan with a view to a permanent transfer next summer, but face competition from Sunderland, reports Spanish radio station Cadena SER.
Radio Marca Valencia have reported a similar story via Twitter.
Amadeo Salvo ha reconocido hoy en Directo Marca que Cissokho tiene muchas opciones de irse cedido al Liverpool con opción de compra.
— Radio Marca Valencia (@RMValencia) July 22, 2013
It’s thought that the Reds have already had a €5m bid (€1m loan fee plus €4m in a year’s time) rejected by Los Che, but the La Liga side are still keen to offload the left-back.
The Black Cats are also in the hunt as manager Paolo Di Canio continues his overhaul at the Stadium of Light, but Liverpool’s history and prospects of European football are a more attractive option for Cissokho.
The 25-year-old has spent just one year at the Mestalla Stadium following a £5.3m switch from Olympique Lyon and there is a clause written into the Frenchman’s contract that has pointed Valencia towards an initial loan switch for the full-back.
If the Spanish club were to sell Cissokho this summer, then 40% of that fee would have to be given to Lyon, whereas in a year’s time that figure drops to 20% – meaning the side would rather loan the France international and pay his wages for a year, before a permanent transfer in 12 months.
Los Che are still waiting on an improved bid from Sunderland, who are desperate for a left-sided defender, but Liverpool are currently in the driving seat.