Mamadou Sakho’s move to Crystal Palace could still be on as the London club see the Frenchman as their number one centre-back option for the summer. It was believed that the club would not be able to afford the defender, who was on loan at the Eagles last season, but Melissa Reddy claims via Goal that the Frenchman has already agreed personal terms with Palace.
The report further adds that Sakho is set to return to Melwood tomorrow for pre-season training and has been working extra hard at the club’s training ground to return to full fitness.
The defender picked up a season-ending injury during the latter stages of last season but did help the Eagles avoid relegation, thanks to a number of impressive displays.
Frank de Boer, the new manager of Palace, had even suggested that he would be looking at other players to fix their hole in defence but this report suggests otherwise.
Even Palace’s chairman, Steve Parish, had suggested that the club would not pay over the odds for Sakho and was waiting to see if we were willing to budge on our valuation of the former PSG man.
We still want close to £30million for the 27-year-old Frenchman, and he does not really have a future at the club, irrespective of whether he does move away or not.
Sakho spent most of last season playing for the U-23 before making the switch to Palace in the winter transfer window.
With prices reaching crazy levels, holding out for £30million does make sense. Sakho is a player that has performed well for both us and Palace. Further, he certainly made the defence of the Eagles better and will look to continue his good form ahead of a World Cup year.
This seems like a similar situation to the Christian Benteke one. The Belgian’s asking price was also high for Palace initially at the start of last season but the deal was completed after a lot of haggling.
We made a pretty sum by selling the striker back then and we seem set to achieve a similar deal by selling Sakho to Palace this time around.
Liverpool slap £15million price tag on out of favour veteran star – PL trio interested
Liverpool FC transfer news: Reds want £15million for Simon Mignolet
The 31-year-old has recorded just a couple of starts for the Reds this season. Mignolet played in the two domestic cup games for Liverpool but both ended in defeat.
The former Sunderland goalkeeper has been an excellent professional this season but has seen his time limited on the pitch because of Alisson. The Brazilian has been an incredible signing for the Reds and even won the Golden Glove in his first season.
Many clubs looking for goalkeepers in the summer
The Daily Mail adds that Watford, Bournemouth and the newly-promoted Norwich all in the market for a goalkeeper.
The 31-year-old is still a part of Roberto Martinez’s Belgium squad and he needs to play regularly to keep his place in the team.
Mignolet has had his ups and downs at Anfield but no one can question his commitment to the side. The Belgian has always been supportive of the team, even if he isn’t playing regularly.
It will be interesting to see if we can get £15million for the Belgian. Liverpool have pulled off some incredible deals for players such as Jordon Ibe and Dominic Solanke in recent times, and the Reds will be tough negotiators in the upcoming transfer market as well.
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Liverpool also need to take a decision on who the No.2 would be for Alisson next season as we need a reliable back-up should the Brazilian pick up an injury or something.
Boost for Liverpool as reputed Spanish expert confirms Reds are in contact with Ajax star
Latest Liverpool news: Guillem Balague claims Liverpool are talking with Matthijs de Ligt
The Spaniard claimed that the Reds have “been talking to him” about a possible move (h/t Liverpool Echo).
De Ligt is one of the best players in the Dutch league and led Ajax to another Eredivisie title. The 19-year-old helped Ajax to the semi-finals of the Champions League but the team were knocked out by Tottenham.
Manchester City also in the running for De Ligt
The Liverpool Echo adds that De Ligt isn’t in a hurry to finalise his future.
There are several clubs interested in the centre-back, with Manchester City also interested in him after Vincent Kompany decided to leave the Cityzens (h/t Liverpool Echo).
Manchester United and Barcelona have also been linked with the Dutch defender (h/t Liverpool Echo), and the centre-back has done an excellent job alongside Virgil van Dijk in the national team.
The Reds had the best defence in the Premier League this season and conceded just 22 goals in 38 games. De Ligt would make a wonderful signing for the present and the future, however, the Reds already have a quality young defender in Joe Gomez.
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The Englishman’s playing time was cut short due to a fracture, while Joel Matip has done a brilliant job alongside Van Dijk in the heart of our defence.
“Best things come in threes” – Klopp confident of overturning personal record in the CL final
Latest Liverpool news: Jurgen Klopp confident ahead of Champions League clash despite finals record
Jurgen Klopp isn’t fazed by a third Champions League final despite not winning the first two.
The German took Borussia Dortmund to the final in 2013 but lost to Bayern Munich, and we lost last season to Real Madrid.
Klopp took Liverpool to the League Cup final and the Europa League final but we lost both of them. Howeer, the German isn’t worried about that record and spoke about his history of winning things on the third try (h/t LiverpoolFC.com):
“In Germany we have a saying: ‘All the best things come in threes’.
“At Mainz, I missed promotion twice and we got promoted in the third season. We hope that it will repeat itself for the Champions League. I think it’s quite cool, to be honest.”
The German added that this was his fourth European final and lauded the quality of the teams he had under him.
Klopp claimed that the away win over Bayern Munich was the best away game his team have played at the European level.
Klopp expects a tough game in Madrid
Tottenham will not be an easy side and Klopp did not expect anything other than a tough clash at the Wanda Metropolitano. The German wanted the Reds to call upon their experience from the season and backed the side to play good football:
“That’s what we have to do. We have to play the football we stand for. We have to play LFC football. That’s the plan, and then it will still be difficult, but it was difficult in all the other games as well.”
The Reds won both their clashes against Spurs in the Premier League this season but a Champions League final could see the best of the London side.
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Liverpool have to be wary of the threat possessed by Spurs but we have the quality to win the sixth Champions League crown.