Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish has said that Crystal Palace are ready to negotiate with Liverpool over a permanent move for Mamadou Sakho.
After Mamadou Sakho spent the first half of the 2016/17 season in the reserves at Liverpool after turning down loan moves to various Premier League clubs, the Frenchman eventually agreed to a short-loan to Crystal Palace in January.
The former Paris Saint-Germain defender was the catalyst for Sam Allardyce’s side and his inspirational performances in defence helped the Eagles maintain their Premier League status for another season.
Standout displays against the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea made Sakho a fan favourite at Palace and he was even nominated for Crystal Palace’s Player of the Season award, despite playing just eight games – which highlights how dire it was before the Frenchman arrived in London.
According to The Daily Mail, Steve Parish believes Liverpool and Crystal Palace will enter into negotiations this summer for the permanent transfer for Mamadou Sakho.
Liverpool are said to want around £30 million for Sakho but Palace are more than likely to haggle over small change, which means it could be one which goes down to the last few days of the window.
“The money needs to work for us and for Liverpool,“ Steve Parish told Holmesdale Radio, via The Daily Mail.
“I’m sure there’ll be a negotiation on that. If we can make it work, of course, we’d like to, I’m not going to try and be coy or clever on that.
“He’s a very good player and I think he likes being with us. We like him. Let’s hope we can do it.
“You cannot con anyone that he did not make a massive difference. It is one we would like to do.“
Selling Sakho for £30 million, or thereabouts could partially fund a big-money move for Southampton’s Virgil Van Dijk. The big centre-half is a player that has been highly tipped for a move to Liverpool and it’s said that it would cost £50 million to sign him.
Despite comments that Claude Puel made several days ago, the prevailing belief is that Van Dijk will not be a Southampton player next season. Liverpool won’t be the only club in for him with Chelsea and Manchester City interested in signing him.
Antonio Conte is said to be the front-runner at this point but things change very quickly in modern football. Liverpool is desperate for a player of Van Dijk’s capabilities and would do well to sign him this summer.