Crystal Palace are facing up to the prospect that they could be priced out of a deal to sign French international defender Mamadou Sakho.
The Liverpool centre-back spent the second half of last season on loan at Selhurst Park and became a real favourite with the Eagles’ fans – but a move to re-sign him may have hit the buffers.
Reports suggest that the Anfield club could want as much as £30 million for the Frenchman, which is more than Palace are willing or able to pay.
While the fee is said to be a stumbling block Sakho is rumoured to be on £100,000 a week at Liverpool and that would also test the resources of chairman Steve Parish.
“I think that is going to be a very difficult one for us to do,” Parish told the London Evening Standard.
“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.
“It is important that whoever takes over has the right level of support from us but also that we are realistic.”
Palace may wait until they appoint a new manager before making a final call on whether to sign Sakho but one thing which is certain is the French defender will leave Liverpool this summer after being frozen out by Jurgen Klopp.