In a severe case of whiplash, it turns out Liverpool have actually rejected a third offer from Crystal Palace for out of favor defender Mamadou Sakho.
Despite reports in The Guardian and The Independent based on sources close to Crystal Palace saying a deal was done, James Pearce and sources on the Liverpool end are denying that any deal has been finalized. The rejected offer appears to have been £22 million with £3 million in add-ons, well below Liverpool’s £30M asking price.
While manager Frank de Boer and chairman Steve Parish have been open about their intentions of signing Sakho this summer, they have refused to meet Liverpool’s £30 million price point, and Liverpool haven’t been willing to budge. The Reds signed Sakho for £18 million in 2013, but he has since fallen out with manager Jürgen Klopp after repeated violations of club discipline, and hasn’t played for the squad since April 2016.
Sakho, to his credit, has been training consistently this summer and has been open to the move to Selhurst Park, after helping Palace avoid relegation while on loan last season. Liverpool continue insist the only way a deal will go through is if their price is met, putting things in a clear stalemate.