Why Roma’s Interest In £30 Million Liverpool Man Shouldn’t Worry Palace

1 Posted by - July 31, 2017 - News

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.

This story details the new interest in Sakho Roma, whilst also explaining why little is likely to come from it.

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.

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  • glen July 31, 2017 - 6:50 am Reply

    If it was NOT for Sakho ,palace would have been relegated,
    So 30 million plus wages is peanuts compaired to what palace earned staying up ?

    • admin July 31, 2017 - 6:52 am Reply

      It’s the overall needs of the squad, GK, RB, CB, ST that we must think about Glen.

  • Mark July 31, 2017 - 7:05 am Reply

    There is a perfect compromise for everybody. Surely a season long loan, with a clause that makes the move permanent subject to us staying up? Liverpool get the wage bill removed, a fee right now & Sakho permanently off the books in 12 months. The player gets the move he clearly wants, and we get a top drawer player on the cheap, leaving funds available to get a keeper (hopefully) plus any other players that de Boer fancies…

    • admin July 31, 2017 - 8:00 am Reply

      Send that to John Henry, Mark. I see no holes in anything you’ve said.

  • Gordon July 31, 2017 - 5:11 pm Reply

    I’m with Glen, the impact sakho had last season in the short time he was here was immense. Having him back would give the whole squad a huge lift, it would be like buying more than one player because the rest of the players would up their game. I know we need another keeper and another striker but the boost it would give the squad you couldn’t buy for £30m on any other player.

  • warren Alderson August 1, 2017 - 2:51 pm Reply

    Problem here is that we have been a bit of a thorn in the side of Liverpool on the pitch for the past few years. I suppose it didn’t help that we managed to get world class displays out of their “problem child” too.

    Plus Parish is no fool financially talking, I think he’d be thinking that it’s putting a lot of egg in one basket.

    I’d love to see him back permanently, and I totally agree with the sensibility of Glenn’s idea,

    • admin August 1, 2017 - 4:13 pm Reply

      Glenn came up with a truly bullet-proof plan, I have no idea if it would be feasible in reality but from where I’m sitting, I see no holes in it.

  • Marty August 3, 2017 - 9:43 am Reply

    Liverpool will hold out for their asking price. We Can’t and won’t wait till the end of the window in a hope we can get him on loan, we’ll buy, or if we have to, loan a defender. We can’t afford to not do that and hope we get a loan on the last day

    • admin August 3, 2017 - 3:18 pm Reply

      It’s a strange situation all round, Marty. If we do indeed wait until the last day, it’s a hugely ballsy move.

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