Mamadou Sakho’s future is up in the air as Crystal Palace target alternatives


The 27-year-old is not in Jürgen Klopp’s plans, but with Liverpool not lowering their £30 million asking price, Crystal Palace are looking elsewhere, writes Sam May.

Frank De Boer has moved swiftly to secure the services of Bruno Martins Indi, who spent last season on-loan at Stoke City and has Ajax captain Joel Veltman and Jaïro Riedewald also on the radar.

Palace had been key to make Sakho’s loan move a permanent one and previously held discussions with the Frenchman – who had agreed personal terms. A fan favourite and key figure in the Palace dressing room, the centre back would have been hoping for a move away from Merseyside, having settled with his family in South London.

There was hope from chairman Steve Parish that the Merseysiders would soften their stance given the Frenchman’s desire to join them, coupled with the fact he does not feature in Klopp’s plans. Liverpool will not budge on the price for Sakho, just as they didn’t with the Eagles record signing Christian Benteke.

Palace fans maybe urging new manager De Boer to make a move for the out of favour Reds defender, but the Dutchman is keen to secure the services of other targets and look elsewhere.

Sakho is involved in rehab at Melwood and is training on his own, as he recovers from the knee injury, which brought an end to his loan spell at Crystal Palace.

He maybe given a lifeline from Klopp following the German’s recent comments of:  “First of all he needs to get 100% fit and then we will see.”

But, Liverpool may have to keep the Frenchman or lower their asking price, if they are keen for the player to depart this summer.


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