By Harvey Byrne
Premier League giants Liverpool have emphatically rejected a mega £25million bid from Crystal Palace for frozen out defender Mamadou Sakho, according to a report.
The Liverpool Echo have claimed via their website that the south east London club tabled a massive bid on Tuesday with £22million presented upfront alongside a further £3million in add-ons.
However, Liverpool are unwilling to sell below their £30million valuation despite Sakho having not played for the Reds since April 2016 and quickly rebuffed the bid.
The Echo report states that Sakho himself wants to return to Selhurst Park, which is where he enjoyed a loan spell in the second half of the last campaign, playing a big part in keeping the Eagles in the Premier League.
However, since his return to Liverpool there does not seem to be any repairs in Sakho’s relationship with manager Jurgen Klopp after the two fell out in last summer’s tour of the United States and it is looking more than likely that the 28-time capped France international’s future lies elsewhere.
Football Insider verdict:
It has been said for a long while now but even in the inflated transfer market £30million for Sakho is just too much. Rival clubs are looking at a player who is completely frozen out at Anfield and has no chance of playing first team football at Liverpool with the Under-23s his best option. That means despite the Reds refusing to budge on their valuation the power is with the other clubs, as they know Sakho will just be eating up wages if he continues to remain at Liverpool. However, after Crystal Palace’s start under Frank de Boer the Eagles could also start to get desperate and that could play into Liverpool’s hands. Therefore, while it is unlikely the Reds could get £30million for the Frenchman, there is still a chance of it happening.
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