The January transfer window has only been open a day or two but reports over in France are already suggesting that Monaco could well be set to launch an audacious bid to land Crystal Palace defender Mamadou Sakho.
The Ligue 1 outfit have long been known as a club who pride themselves on trusting and honing the talents of young prospects before selling them on for huge profits but this term, they find themselves in the mother of all relegation scraps and as such are ready to ditch their usual transfer strategy in favour of securing the sort of players capable of steering them away from trouble.
The club made headlines back in October when sacking the highly respected Leonardo Jardim and replacing him with the inexperienced but high-profile Thierry Henry. In Monaco’s defence, the decision to dismiss Jardim wasn’t one they took lightly. At the time of his sacking the club were languishing in 18th and were at loggerheads with their coach over the long-term recruitment strategy but at the time of writing, the French side sit one place worse off in 19th, four points off safety at the halfway point of the league season.
Whilst I don’t doubt that Monaco have the sort of money necessary to tempt Sakho away from SE25, the chances of the Eagles sanctioning his departure midway through their own relegation battle feel rather slim. The former Liverpool and PSG man is one of the first names on the team sheet when fit and with a contract that runs until 2021, Palace are under no pressure to sell in the near future.
As it’s often said, every player has their price but in this particular instance, it would take something spectacular from Monaco to set the wheels in motion on a deal.
What would you be looking for to let Mama go at this stage of the Premier League season? I’d wager it’s more than Monaco are willing to part with.