Having given up hope of signing Mamadou Sakho’s on a permanent basis last week, Crystal Palace are now believed to be in for Sevilla defender Adil Rami.
Although thousands of Eagles fans were desperate to see the aforementioned Sakho turning out in red and blue next season, Steve Parish admitted that the deal was a tad too expensive for us, putting to bed any outlandish hopes and allowing our fan-base to mentally prepare for a different arrival, with Rami now looking to be at the head of the queue.
Although de Boer has Dann, Tomkins, Delaney and to some extent Martin Kelly available in the centre of defence, few if any would suggest that we’re set fair for the 2017/18 season from a defensive perspective. Sakho’a performances towards the back end of last term, most memorably against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, were a huge reason for our dramatic upturn in form and the backroom staff in south London will be well aware of the need to find someone who can fill his sizeable boots.
At 31, Rami has the likes of Lille, Valencia, AC Milan and Sevilla on his CV, as well as an enviable 33 caps for the French national team, suggesting he’s more than good enough to perform well in the Premier League if brought in by de Boer. Quite how Scott Dann, who is still the club captain, would feel about potentially sitting on the bench to accommodate Rami is anyone’s guess but those are the sort of hurdles you attempt to overcome once a new signing has been signed and sealed.
Having also been linked with 25-year-old Ajax man Joel Veltman last week it’s obvious that we’re actively searching for Sakho’s replacement. Luckily, in both he and Adil Rami’s case, the overall cost appears to be far lower than a move for the Mamadou, allowing us to look elsewhere for further reinforcements as the summer continues.
What are your thoughts on Rami based on the article at the top of the page? Worth a punt?