By Harvey Byrne
Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish believes that Liverpool could price them out of a permanent move for centre-back Mamadou Sakho this summer.
The 27-year-old Frenchman made the temporary move to the south east London club in January until the end of the season after being frozen out by manager Jurgen Klopp at the Reds.
He impressed while at Palace and in his eight appearances for the club they conceded just seven goals and he played a vital role in securing their safety in the Premier League.
However, the London Evening Standard reports that Liverpool want as much as £30million for Sakho, who is also on £100,000-per week and Parish believes those prices may be well above his side’s budgets.
“I think that is going to be a very difficult one for us to do,” said Parish, as quoted by the London Evening Standard.
“I think Liverpool want a big number for him. That is a tough one to make happen on a permanent basis. We need to look at the budgets and be realistic.”
Of course, Crystal Palace made a number of big money signings, totalling a massive £81.5million in both the summer and transfer windows, which included the £27million deal which brought Christian Benteke to the club from Liverpool.
However, they may be more restrained with their spending this time around, while they have also spent a good amount of money to tie Wilfried Zaha to a new long-term deal this summer.
The London-based side are also on the lookout for a new manager following the departure of Sam Allardyce in May and while he wanted to bring in Sakho permanently, the new manager may not.
In other Liverpool transfer news, the Reds have made contact with this Premier League club over midfielder.