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:
— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) September 1, 2017
I defy anyone to dislike Mamadou Sakho. Look at him, he's totally off his box. pic.twitter.com/WAD41CpJc1
— HLTCO (@HLTCO) August 31, 2017
Both Crystal Palace and West Brom trying to sign Mamadou Sakho. And who wouldn't, when you have bets bits like these https://t.co/mTpNHmmzTc
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) August 31, 2017
Sell Sakho and net spend for #LFC is £34m. Thank God we had a £200m war chest!
— Mario Aquilina (@mario_aquilina) August 31, 2017
Liverpool wished him well, but were disappointed by their own business:
Sakho is finally leaving for £26 million. Sorry for rotting your career last season, I will always remember your last goal against Everton. pic.twitter.com/6bIgA69ln6
— • (@VintageSaIah) August 31, 2017
— Marcus ? (@marcus__lfc) August 31, 2017
— Crimson ? (@1CrimsonRoad) August 31, 2017
I am annoyed we are selling Sakho, i mean we are stuck with Lovren as a CB… #LFC
— #BROKEN SamuraiT-X (@SamuraiTX90) August 31, 2017
Meanwhile, Crystal Palace fans were buzzing with his arrival, but weren’t completely happy with their business:
Mamadou Sakho turned Wayne Hennessey into prime Buffon last season so I don't really care about a keeper. Can get one in January. #CPFC
— Nick (@Nick_CPFC) August 31, 2017
— Peter Reynolds (@pdreynolds81) August 31, 2017
In summary: Sakho great signing Niasse good back up but not thrilling. If that's it we have serious issues as needed a quality keeper ?#CPFC
— JW CPFC ? (@JamieWoodward19) August 31, 2017