Crystal Palace defender Mamadou Sakho has been linked with an exit from the club in the January transfer window.
Sakho has been linked with a move to Ligue 1 side Nice, a move which may make sense for the French side as they have lost Dante because to a long-term injury problem. Back in November, Dante suffered a knee injury which is now expected to keep him out for the next few months.
Nice could look to sign Sakho from Palace
A report from FootMercato claims that Nice are looking to sign a player who offers experience and quality and they see Sakho as the perfect fit for their demands. They see the Frenchman as a ‘safe bet‘ even though the defender hasn’t been a regular for Palace this season.
Can Palace afford to let Sakho leave?
They believe that a deal can be done as Sakho’s contract at Selhurst Park runs out in the summer of 2021 and while Nice have looked at several potential options, they will now focus on Sakho as a target for the January transfer window.
Earlier this year, Roy Hodgson praised Sakho and said: “But he was on the pitch for a long time (against Bournemouth) after doing two training sessions, which is quite incredible.”
Palace might have to replace Sakho
Sakho joined Palace from Liverpool in the summer of 2017 for a fee of £25.38 million and since joining the club, the Frenchman has made 74 appearances in all competitions for the Eagles, scoring just the one goal.
In the current campaign for Hodgson’s men, Sakho has made five appearances for the Eagles and has played once for the Under-23s side in a bid to improve his fitness levels.
As things stand, Palace have five out-and-out options for the centre-back position and that includes Sakho, so they may well allow him to leave and use any incoming funds to invest in other areas of the squad.
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