The transfer saga involving Mamadou Sakho and Crystal Palace looks all set to roll on until the end of the transfer window tomorrow night after Liverpool rejected a third offer for the defender from the Eagles.
Ever since the Frenchman burst onto the scene in SE25 at the end of January, he’s been a smash hit with supporters. Charismatic both on and off the pitch, his displays at the heart of our defence were viewed by many as the key defining factor in our battle against relegation under the guidance of Sam Allardyce.
Despite the change of manager, it’s hardly a surprise to see that the club are still hugely keen for a reunion with Sakho and thankfully, the man himself seems to have his heart set on making a permanent switch south of the river. Obviously, our current predicament (no points and no goals after three Premier League games) isn’t filling too many with confidence but Mamadou obviously has faith in himself and his potential teammates to turn things around with plenty of time to spare.
Having flourished as part of a back four under Big Sam last term, no one can be sure if he’ll have the same sort of impact as part of Frank de Boer’s favoured 3-4-3 system but such concerns are a mere afterthought when we are less than two days away from kissing goodbye to a deal altogether.
My gut feeling as things stand, is that a fee will be agreed between Palace and the Reds before the deadline passes, simply because all three parties have a vested interest in pushing it through. We all knew that negotiations would go to the wire when Sakho’s loan spell expired in May but it hasn’t made the ensuing period any less stressful.