The Liverpool Echo can usually be relied upon as a pretty barometer of the Reds’ intentions in the transfer market and this morning, they are giving every Palace fan real hope of Mamadou Sakho playing in red and blue by the time the transfer window closes next week.
Despite the lofty transfer fee being demanded by Klopp and his board of directors for Sakho, we know that personal terms have already been agreed between the Frenchman and Palace long in advance, leaving just one sizeable hurdle in the way of a deal being completed.
Whilst other clubs will no doubt circle in the days leading up to the closure of the transfer window, every piece of news coming out of Anfield in the last week or so has suggested that Mamadou himself has his heart set on a return to SE25; with Palace’s representatives no doubt hoping that his desire to move south of the river forces Liverpool’s hand as time ticks away.
You could be mistaken for thinking that Sakho will have little to no say in his next destination but if he were to turn down a contract from another club (say West Brom) in the final moments of the transfer window, Klopp and his coaching staff would be left with an unwanted player pocketing a six-figure weekly salary for at least a few more months.
For all of the posturing that takes place in the weeks before transfer windows close, every one of our supporters knew that Mamadou’s future wouldn’t be resolved until the last available moment. What we have now been given, as a consequence of the above Liverpool Echo article, is an assurance that Klopp and co. remain fully committed to pushing through Sakho’s exit from Melwood before it’s too late, which is music to my ears.