Sky Sports is reporting that Crystal Palace has struck a deal for embattled center back Mamadou Sakho. Crystal Palace will now send Liverpool £26 million for the talented French international.
Sakho is also slated to travel to London to complete his physical with his new team.
Crystal Palace have been trying to secure Sakho’s rights on a full-time basis for quite some time. The team’s chairman, Steve Parish, said that their third offer of £22 million plus £3 million in add-ons was rejected by Liverpool on Monday. However, adding an additional £4 million was evidently enough to get a deal done.
West Brom and Leicester City also showed interest in securing Sakho’s services, but the player always preferred a permanent move to Selhurst Park. Sakho spent the second half of last season playing for Crystal Palace on loan from Liverpool. He was an instrumental figure in helping the Eagles get safely out of the relegation zone, and he quickly became a fan favorite.
Sakho was a huge part of Liverpool’s squad once Jurgen Klopp took over as manager in late 2015, but the two subsequently had a falling out after Sakho broke club rules on numerous occasions. He was sent home from the Reds’ 2016 tour of the United States early and hasn’t played for the team since April of 2016.
Crystal Palace will be eager to get all the help they can possibly get. The club has started the 2017-18 Premier League campaign with three straight defeats against Huddersfield Town, Liverpool and Swansea City. The Eagles’ inauspicious start has fueled rumors that manager Frank de Boer’s job could be on the line just three games into his tenure with the club.