Liverpool defender MamadouSakho has reportedly agreed personal terms with his prospective new employers Crystal Palace.
The 27-year old has been linked with the Premier League side this summer following his successful short stint with the club last season.
Liverpool want up to £30 million for the player but this is slowing down the deal as Palace hope the Redswould soften their stance. The Eagles would not be able to offer that much for the defender even though the club has identified Sakho as their summer defensive target.
With European sides scrambling for decent centre half, Liverpool feel the valuation is in place. The pedigree, experience and recent performances also lend credence to the claim. The price of other acquired defenders this summer helps the Merseyside maintain their stance.
Michael Keane is still a greenhorn yet Burnley sold him to Everton for fees that could reach £30 million. The defender was also in the final 12 months of his contract with the league side. Sakho used to feature for French giants PSG and he has been decent for Liverpool for a long while until his personal failings which led to him being sidelined. In addition, Sakho is contracted to Liverpool until 2020.
All these reinforce their stance in valuing Sakho around £30 million but Palace know Liverpool do not want him so they would have to sell him. Palace had the opportunity earlier but the club wanted to look at the overall budgets first before deciding.
If Palace fail to land the player, Ajax defenders Kenny Tete and Joel Veltman are possible replacements after being linked with the club. Frank de Boer is expected to continue with his work of solidifying the Eagles ahead of the new season.