According to a report in the French press, Ligue Un outfit Lyon are keen to explore the possibility of securing a deal for Crystal Palace defender Mamadou Sakho over the summer, despite the fact that the Eagles are highly unlikely to entertain the idea of a sale.
The Frenchman signed permanently for the club over the summer having impressed in the second half of the previous campaign whilst on loan from Liverpool, leaving me wondering what sort of offer Lyon would have to put on the table for Roy Hodgson and Steve Parish to be even the slightest bit tempted to give the transfer the go-ahead.
To Sakho’s credit, the stop-start few months he had at the beginning of the campaign were firmly forgotten by the time the season came to an end in May, thanks in no small part to the partnership he struck up with James Tomkins at the heart of the Palace defence. The pair acted as a practically impenetrable wall for the most part and headed into the summer having not tasted defeat as a pairing in any of the 15 games they have started together in red and blue.
With the two of them clearly feeling incredible comfortable alongside one another, the likelihood of Hodgson willingly waving goodbye to the 28-year-old in the coming weeks seems incredibly slim. Indeed, both he and club chairman Steve Parish are desperate to see the club stabalise themselves in the Premier League over the next year or two, with Sakho (who is contracted until 2021) almost certain to play a big role in helping us do so.
I can certainly understand why Lyon would be quick to add Mamadou to their ranks over the summer but at the time of writing, it feels like a total non-starter. Should that change, I’ll be quick to let you know.