Speculation has been swirling about a possible permanent move to Selhurst Park for Mamadou Sakho ever since the Frenchman’s loan spell ended last season but one tweet sent yesterday, has put an end to any hopes Palace fans had of a deal being done.
Despite reports suggesting that Crystal Palace had already reached an agreement with Mamadou Sakho’s representatives over a weekly wage packet, Liverpool have always remained strong in demanding a transfer fee of £30 million for the defender, a fee that Steve Parish and his fellow directors have baulked at from the start.
There is no doubt that Sakho played an absolutely massive role in helping the club to beat the drop last term but with other areas of the squad also in desperate need of strengthening, it always felt unlikely that the Eagles hierarchy would splash out such a significant sum on one player who is recovering from a serious injury as we speak.
There was a great deal of romance surrounding the possible reappearance of Mamadou in red and blue; he appears to have taken to the supporters as well as they have to him but sometimes, no matter how good a fit things are from an emotional perspective, we’re forced to remember that football is ultimately dictated by finances.
Now, as Frank de Boer starts to formulate concrete ideas of who fits into his tactical plans, we should start to see rather a lot of movement in the transfer market, with Chelsea’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek widely expected to be the first man through the door on a season long loan within the next day or two. Given our interest in Sakho, Adil Rami and Joel Veltman, you can be almost certain that a centre-back will be near the top of the Dutchman’s priority list; quite who he’ll end up going for remains a mystery at this stage though.
I wish Mamadou the best of luck moving forward. He will be missed.