By Danny Wright
Crystal Palace manager Frank de Boer has confirmed that Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho is available for him to buy this summer.
However the Selhurst boss has made it clear that the Sakho, 27, is “too expensive” for Crystal Palace, whose chairman Steve Parish has already confessed that he would like to sign up the unwanted Frenchman after a successful loan spell with the club last season.
The Guardian has now reported that talks between Liverpool and Palace are set to resume over the course of the next two weeks as transfer deadline looms.
However it is understood that the Reds are looking to pocket £30million for the ex-Paris St. Germain enforcer, and that appears to be a stumbling block for Palace.
New Premier League manager de Boer, who replaced Sam Allardyce as Eagles boss earlier this summer, has confessed that he is under no illusions about how much Sakho might cost him if he was to secure a permanent move to Selhurst Park.
“Everybody knows he had a major impact last season and, when he’s available for us, I think that is a quality injection for the club. It is not like this now because he is much too expensive for the club,” he said, as quoted by the Guardian.
Football Insider Verdict
Sakho is a very good defender and it would be a shame to see his talent go to waste this season by rotting in Liverpool’s reserves. If the Frenchman’s relationship with Jurgen Klopp was better, there’s no doubt that he would be a regular feature in the starting XI after his exploits last season saved Crystal Palace from relegation. Liverpool have no right to put such a hefty price tag on Sakho’s head. There’s no way he is worth £30million to them, especially when you see other players who are playing every week like Jonny Evans at West Brom who is valued much lower. There isn’t a team in Europe who would be willing to spend so much on Sakho, and Liverpool have to lower their asking fee because they will just end up wasting a lot of money in wages.