Sakho’s Palace Move Edges Ever Closer As Liverpool Name Their Price

1 Posted by - May 16, 2017 - News

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. 

This detailed piece explains why Sakho’s move from Liverpool to Crystal Palace is now closer than ever before. 

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. 

Enjoy. 

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6 Comments

  • Richard C May 16, 2017 - 7:32 am Reply

    As good as he is, Liverpool only paid £18m for him. His true value is probably £20m to £25m. Should we pay more given the chance? Possibly, but then again Van Dijk is not worth £50m.

    • admin May 16, 2017 - 7:36 am Reply

      In my view Richard, in a world where Yannick went for £30 million and Stones for £50 million, we can’t expect to pay less than that for Sakho.

  • Phil May 16, 2017 - 8:25 am Reply

    Value is not just footballing ability, it is also the confidence he instils in others and the positive aura he gives off which rubs off on the team. Worth his weight in gold. Buy him for £30 million and we start to have a decent spine.

    • admin May 16, 2017 - 8:26 am Reply

      Fully agree, Phil. Sakho, Tomkins, Luka, Yohan and Benteke is the basis of a top side.

  • Richard C May 16, 2017 - 8:28 am Reply

    To be fair forwards always go for more than defenders and Stones was wanted by the bottomless pit of money that is Man City, so setting a trend like that doesn’t and shouldn’t mean that all of a sudden a half decent defender is worth £30m, £40m, £50m. Money is ruining football in my opinion.

    • admin May 16, 2017 - 8:45 am Reply

      Whilst financial gripes are always a topic of frustration, the market is the market. They know we’re desperate and will demand that. In fairness, there aren’t many better left-footed centre-backs out there.

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