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How Twitter reacted to Crystal Palace signing Mamadou Sakho from Liverpool

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Crystal Palace have finally signed Mamadou Sakho from Liverpool. Sky Sports report that the deal is worth £26 million. The Frenchman had a great loan spell at the club during the second half of last season, but it was difficult to make the move permanent. They had made the defender a priority target for the club throughout this window, but it took them until the final day to sign him.

Liverpool took a firm stance for the majority of this summer as they had valued Sakho at £30 million. They rejected several offers from Palace and it looked like the defender wouldn’t get to move to Selhurst Park on a permanent basis, but an agreement was finally found with only hours left of the window. The player was never likely to feature under Jurgen Klopp this season and the club couldn’t afford to have him sitting in the stands. This was the best deal for all parties.

The first few weeks of the season have been a disappointment for the Eagles. They have lost their first three league matches and there are already doubts regarding the future of Frank de Boer. Palace’s defence has been very poor and it was clear that they missed the Frenchman’s commanding presence. They will be hoping that his signing will provide the momentum that is needed to kick-start the season.

Despite Sakho leaving Liverpool on bad terms, the club have made a profit of £8 million on the defender. He joined in 2013 for a fee of £18 million and showed flashes of his ability in a red shirt, but it never clicked with Jurgen Klopp. It is still unknown what led to the breakdown in the relationship of the two. Something went wrong for the Frenchman and it was crucial that he got his move before the deadline.

Here is how Twitter reacted to the news:

Liverpool wished him well, but were disappointed by their own business:

Meanwhile, Crystal Palace fans were buzzing with his arrival, but weren’t completely happy with their business:

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Jake Jackman

Jake is a student based in the South East. He is a Newcastle fan and has a keen interest in Dutch football. Jake can be found on Twitter here - @jakejackmann.

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