Despite Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish stating at the start of the summer that a deal for Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho would likely be too difficult to complete, stories in the press continue to link us with an attempt to sign him before the transfer window closes.
Perhaps we will end up making a move for the Frenchman in the last few days of the summer window but with the Reds seemingly unwilling to alter their £30 million valuation as things stand, it's unlikely that Steve Parish and his fellow directors will budge, making the whole saga one big game of cat and mouse.
Whilst Jurgen Klopp may see Sakho as a highly-prized asset, the simple fact remains that he has no part to play in Liverpool's first-team in the foreseeable future, leaving a £120,000 a week hole in their wage bill. Of course, we'd love to have him back in SE25 but given the huge outlay we'd be making in terms of a weekly pay packet, our refusal to stump up such a hefty transfer fee seems entirely reasonable.
It's also worth remembering that Sakho joined Palace on loan under the management of Sam Allardyce, whose successor Frank de Boer has had absolutely no personal experience of working with the Liverpool outcast. Whilst I'm sure that wouldn't necessarily impact the Dutchman's willingness to give it a go with Mamadou at the back, it's a huge financial commitment for the club to make in the hope of the pair hitting it off on the training pitch.
The article attached at the top of the page explains why Roma are just as unlikely to meet Liverpool's demands as Palace, leaving all three clubs in a state of limbo until one (more than likely the Merseysiders) bite the bullet and tweak their terms.
It looks for all the world to be a story that will rattle on until the transfer window closes, which isn't good for anyone's blood pressure. We know that the man himself is keen to come back, now it's just a case of working out a way around the ominous £30 million hurdle standing in his way.