Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho has reportedly agreed personal terms with Crystal Palace but the Reds will dig their heels in over a fee.
Liverpool and France defender Mamadou Sakho has been attempting to finally engineer himself an exit from Merseyside after 12 months of being exiled from the first team by Jürgen Klopp.
The Frenchman spent the last four months of the 2016/17 season at Selhurst Park, making eight appearances before a knee injury cut short his season in April.
Despite only playing a handful of games, the defender impressed with the extra stability he brought to the Eagles’ backline – he was even nominated for their Player of the Season award – and now, the London club are looking to make moves for a permanent return.
According to Melissa Reddy of Goal.com, Sakho has an agreement in principal with Palace over contract details but Liverpool will not budge on their £30m valuation of the defender.
Reddy believes Palace hope that Liverpool will “soften their stance” over the Frenchman, who has already returned to Melwood to complete a pre-season fitness program, as they will struggle to meet the Reds current valuation.
Reddy claims that Liverpool are using Everton’s purchase of Michael Keane from Burnley for £30m, rising with add-ons, as a reference for their asking price.
The former Paris Saint-Germain defender has significantly more experience than Keane and has a contract that runs until 2020 – Keane was in his final year.
Sakho’s misdemeanours last summer, coupled with the doping violation saga of last April, always meant there was never a way back for the Frenchman.
With Liverpool keen to sell and Palace eager to buy, this could hopefully be a fairly painless, quick process.
Let us know in the comments, should Sakho have been given another chance at Liverpool? Or are you glad to be seeing the back of him?