Liverpool’s Interest In Van Dijk Is Likely To Kill Palace’s Hope Of Signing Sakho 

0 Posted by - June 6, 2017 - News

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. 

This report explains Liverpool’a plan for Sakho, it’s looking less and less likely that he’ll move to Palace this summer. 

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. 

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  • Richard Down June 6, 2017 - 10:20 am Reply

    Bre nice if he turned down Southampton

    • admin June 6, 2017 - 10:21 am Reply

      Wouldn’t it just Richard. I’d name my first born after him if he did.

  • Richard C June 6, 2017 - 12:49 pm Reply

    Latest news is Liverpool may have made an illegal approach for VVD and Southampton are not best pleased! This may not be the barrier to getting him we first thought.

  • Malcolm McKay June 6, 2017 - 1:29 pm Reply

    Quote ‘Liverpool will look at sending out of favour France international Sakho to St Mary’s’
    I think the only person that will decide where Mamadou Sakho plays football will be Mamadou he is not a slave to traded.

    • admin June 6, 2017 - 1:44 pm Reply

      Imagine he turns Southampton down, Malcolm. Heroic.

  • Kavemunu Tjikuzu Veii June 7, 2017 - 7:56 am Reply

    Hi Jurgen,
    Is it really difficult to work out your differences with Mamadou and bring him back in the team? Why must Liverpool spend money, time and a lot of negotiations to find someone similar to what we can keep?

    If I’m wrong please help me understand the rational behind sending Mamadou away.

    • Jurgen Klopp June 7, 2017 - 12:51 pm Reply

      Hi Kavemunu,

      I’m afraid I won’t be allowing Mamadou back into the team as he did my nut in on a pre-season tour last summer.

      Van Dijk may be vastly overpriced but you can bet your bollocks he won’t ambush me in the middle of an interview for Liverpool TV in an attempt to get a cheap laugh. He’s also highly unlikely to drive around Merseyside taking random pictures of people’s dogs; that’s what you pay the big bucks for.

      Hopefully that clears up my stance on the matter.

      All the best,

      Jurgen Klopp

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