Crystal Palace will look elsewhere this summer as the London club is priced out of a £30m move for Mamadou Sakho and are exploring alternatives.
Liverpool are looking to sell French defender Mamadou Sakho this summer after the former Paris Saint-Germain centre-back fell out with Jürgen Klopp.
As a result of disciplinary issues, Sakho was frozen out of the Liverpool first team squad and wound up in the reserve side before being loaned out to Crystal Palace in January.
With it clear that he has no future at Anfield, Sakho is looking for a move elsewhere this summer and Liverpool value him at around £30m – which Crystal Palace reportedly cannot afford and therefore won’t complete a permanent move for him, according to the London Evening Standard.
Sakho was a massive hit at Crystal Palace in his short time with the Eagles. His solid defensive displays were a large factor in the London side maintaining their Premier League status for another season.
Yet, despite being an instant hit with players, fans and staff alike, Sakho will not remain in London with Palace and will seek a move to another club this summer.
Palace will target cheaper alternatives to Sakho, with Ajax’s Joel Veltman touted as an option for new manager and ex-Ajax boss Frank de Boer.
Liverpool themselves are seeking a new centre-half this summer and with the Reds’ pursuit of Virgil van Dijk seemingly dead in the water, Klopp and co. will soon need to turn to viable alternatives as well.
Kalidou Koulibaly has been mentioned as an option but his £60m price tag and the fact that he’d be absent as well during the AFCON when that swings back round are turnoffs.
Whatever the case may be, Liverpool desperately need a new centre half to partner Joel Matip as Dejan Lovren just isn’t good enough.