Crystal Palace have reportedly agreed terms with Mamadou Sakho and are now favourites to sign the unwanted Liverpool defender. Just when everyone thought a deal for Mamadou Sakho wouldn’t materialise, further reports have suggested both parties have agreed terms.
Now both Palace and Liverpool need to agree on a fee.
Sakho was the club’s no.1 transfer target at the start of the summer after a successful loan spell at Selhurst Park last season where he was nominated for the club’s Player of the Year award despite playing just eight games. His arrival immediately shored up a leaky defence, that went on to keep four clean sheets in his first six games, winning five of them and climbing out of the relegation zone.
Sam Allardyce’s departure and Frank de Boer’s arrival as manager doesn’t seem to have changed the club’s desire to bring Sakho back to Selhurst in a permanent deal this summer.
But both De Boer and chairman Steve Parish had both poured cold water on suggestions Palace would be able to complete that deal; with Liverpool’s £30m price tag and Sakho’s £100,000-a-week wages stumbling points.
De Boer was hesitant to commit to signing Sakho at his unveiling as Palace manager two weeks ago:
“He was certainly impressive and important last season, but we will look at what we need.”
Parish went one further on American internet radio station SiriusXM a few days later;
“not going to work out, have other business to get done”.
Since then Palace have been linked with the likes of Chelsea’s Kurt Zouma, and Ajax pair Joel Veltman and Davinson Sanchez.
But this transfer saga could be back on with the reports that Sakho had agreed a deal with Palace. Sakho is certain to leave Anfield whatever happens, with his future all but over on Merseyside after falling out with manager Jurgen Klopp last season.