Crystal Palace’s hopes of signing Mamadou Sakho on a permanent basis have been dealt a blow after it emerged that Liverpool are likely to use the Frenchman in a part-exchange for Southampton defender Virgil Van Dijk.
Southampton were believed to have been keen to broker a deal for Sakho back in January but were put off by the £30 million price tag slapped on the central defender’s head by manager Jurgen Klopp at the time; clearing the way for Palace to take him on loan for the remainder of the campaign.
Now, with Van Dijk seemingly keen to relocate to Merseyside before the new season gets underway, the Reds are looking towards Sakho as the perfect makeweight to get the wheels moving on the Dutchman’s transfer.
Of course, Palace fans the world over have been hoping that the jovial Frenchman would eventually plump for a permanent move to SE25 after appearing to lap up the love showered on him by supporters in the aftermath of his knee injury but as Steve Parish said publicly only a few weeks ago, our budget may well struggle to incorporate a long-term move for Mamadou.
Although Southampton are thought to be weighing up whether or not to replace Claude Puel this summer, Palace’s current predicament (without a manager after Big Sam decided to call it a day shortly after Premier League safety was secured) makes the feasibility of quickly sanctioning a £30 million transfer all but impossible.
Even if we were to move quickly to appoint a new boss from this point forward, (Dyche, Pellegrino and Schmidt have all been named on the final short-list) the likelihood of them blowing a huge chunk of their potential summer transfer budget on a player they’ve never worked with seems a tad far-fetched.
We will keep an eye out for any further developments but it’s safe to say this particular story isn’t looking too great for us.