Crystal Palace are determined not to be messed around by Marseille as negotiations continue over a summer move back to France for goalkeeper Steve Mandanda.
Having brought the French International to Selhurst Park last summer, hopes for high within the Eagles’ heirarchy but for a number of reasons, both on and off the field, Steve’s stint in SE25 has failed to work. Despite the club remaining keen on him making a go of things in south London, it has become clear that he has his heart set on a return to his homeland but quite rightly, the club are loathe to let him leave us for less than the going rate.
It probably shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise but Marseille are seemingly desperate to squeeze every last drop of value out of a transfer for the stopper; a process which has predictably worn Palace’s patience thin in the last week or so. Their consistent lowball tactics may work elsewhere but in this particular scenario, the club are refusing to be pushed around and I for one applaud our stance on the matter.
It’s easy to talk about the drawbacks of keeping an unhappy man on your books against his will but in today’s market, an international goalkeeper with two years left on his contract commands a certain fee; a fact that Marseille have been intent on ignoring until now. It may frustrate Mandanda on a personal level but there is absolutely no reason why we should do him a favour after a year of getting little to nothing from him in terms of value for money.
Should a realistic offer come in for Steve, I’m sure it will be considered and likely accepted by our board (Mandanda is after all yet to ever keep a Premier League clean sheet) but until that time, we are playing hardball with his former club and I couldn’t be happier to see it.