Liverpool have named their price for French defender Mamadou Sakho as Crystal Palace look to complete a summer deal for the man who has helped to save their season in recent months.
It became clear after just a few performances in red and blue that Sakho was a player that was worth spending big on, should the opportunity arise for Big Sam and his coaching staff. Whether you looked towards the unlikely victories over Chelsea and Arsenal or his incredible popularity within the dressing room, it was obvious that the Liverpool centre-back had made a huge difference to all of his new teammates from the moment he first stepped foot in SE25.
Having already spoken positively about his relationship with Palace chairman Steve Parish (who worked incredibly hard to convince him to join us on Deadline Day back in January) you get the impression that he would be happy to put pen to paper on a permanent contract, should all parties be able to agree on the financial side of things in the coming weeks.
Having already built a strong bond with Palace frontman Christian Benteke prior to the switch to Selhurst Park, Mamadou has also grown close to Eagles winger Wilfried Zaha who will no doubt be happier to stay at Selhurst Park if a player of Sakho’s calibre commits to the cause between now and August.
It should come as little surprise to see that Klopp and his coaching staff are willing to sanction the sale of the former PSG man at the right price given the public fall-out they’ve had but from Palace’s perspective, there has been absolutely no hint of trouble from the defender during his time with us.
Still just 26, Sakho is expected to make a full recovery from his current knee injury over the summer, ready to go from the start of the 2017/18 Premier League campaign. We could only have dreamed of making a signing like Mamadou two or three years ago but the club seems to have got under his skin since he first arrived. Let’s hope the love affair carries on for the foreseeable future.