Crystal Palace may have been priced out of a permanent move for Liverpool’s Mamadou Sakho with the Reds wanting around £30m for the defender.
The Frenchman excelled for the Eagles after joining on loan in January with fans desperate for him to make the move on a full-time basis.
However, Jurgen Klopp’s side appear to see the value in Sakho after his sensational performances and have now placed a sizeable price tag on his head.
The Frenchman has not made a competitive appearance for Liverpool since April 2016, despite initially flourishing under Jurgen Klopp, and even though he is not reportedly in the German’s future plans, they want a substantial financial reward for his services.
Palace chairman Steve Parish is currently on the hunt for a new manager after the departure of Sam Allardyce and he was not positive on the club’s pursuit of Sakho.
“I think that is going to be a very difficult one for us to do,” he said, per Liverpool Echo. “I think Liverpool want a big number for him.
“That is a tough one to make happen on a permanent basis. We need to look at the budgets and be realistic.”
Despite making just eight appearances for the Eagles, Sakho was actually shortlisted for the club’s Player of the Season award which Wilfried Zaha eventually went on to win.
His imperious performances in victories over Chelsea and Arsenal reminded the world that the Frenchman is capable of becoming a top defender. Controversies have halted his progression in recent years but if a team is willing to take a gamble on Sakho, they could be handsomely rewarded.