Club refusing to pay £30m for Liverpool defender

Liverpool may have to find another suitor for in-form defender Mamadou Sakho as Crystal Palace chief Steve Parish claims his club cannot afford his £30million transfer fee.

The Frenchman shone on loan with the Eagles for the second half of the 2016/17 campaign, however now appears unlikely to finalise a permanent move to Selhurst Park.

Although Sakho is not expected to be a regular performer in Jurgen Klopp’s squad any time soon, the Reds don’t want to let a proven centre-half go too easily.

As reported by Liverpool Echo, the club would expect £30million to let him go this summer, with a move abroad maybe now more realistic after previous links with the likes of AS Roma.

Talking about the prospect of a deal, Palace chief Parish sounded downbeat as he labelled Sakho’s price tag as unrealistic for them.

“I think that is going to be a very difficult one for us to do. 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.” – Parish said.