Sakho joins Palace in £26m move

first_imgTransfers Mamadou Sakho leaves ‘Liverpool Country’ in £26m deal to Crystal Palace Melissa Reddy Liverpool FC Correspondent Last updated 2 years ago 09:08 9/1/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) HD Mamadou Sakho main Getty Transfers Crystal Palace Liverpool Premier League The 27-year-old has not played for the Reds since April last year and completes the transfer he held out for throughout the window The non-existent relationship between Liverpool and Mamadou Sakho has finally ended with the defender sealing a £26 million move to Crystal Palace on a five-year deal.The centre-back, having long agreed personal terms with the Eagles, waited on the clubs to reach a consensus over his fee. #TheSoldierIsBack #CPFC 🦅— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) September 1, 2017Frank de Boer’s side had three previous approaches batted away for the Frenchman, who was their priority rearguard target in the window, but common ground was found on deadline day to conclude a transfer that suits all parties. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Eagles 2/1 for clean sheet at BurnleyDespite the Reds ultimately settling for £4m less than their valuation, they have solved a problem that has needed to be fixed since last summer.Sakho fell out with Jurgen Klopp having breached club rules thrice during their pre-season camp in California while nursing an Achilles problem.His triple fault was preceded by a lengthy battle against a UEFA doping charge, which he was cleared of, but he had erred by taking a substance without consulting the Reds’ medical staff as per contractual obligations. And that was followed by a Snapchat rant in September that ultimately spelt the end of any sort of redemption at Anfield.Sakho has not played for Liverpool since April 20, 2016 but can now close that chapter and hope to thrive at Palace, where he was influential on loan for the second half of last season.The 27-year-old swapped Paris Saint-Germain for Anfield in September 2013 for £15m, scoring three goals in 80 appearances.last_img read more