Crystal Palace beat the transfer deadline after agreeing a £26 million fee with Liverpool for the transfer of number one transfer target Mamadou Sakho.
The 27 year-old French international completed his medical late last night and signed a four-year deal with the South Londoners. He becomes Frank de Boer’s fourth and final signing of a difficult transfer window for the Eagles.
Palace spent much of the summer refusing to pay up the £30 million Liverpool asked for Sakho and nearly missed out on the central defender altogether. The transfer wasn’t announced until 2am Friday morning, with a prospective deal for Everton striker Oumane Niasse also falling through.
The capture of last season’s cult hero is obviously the transfer Palace fans all craved, but it’s a bitter sweet feeling given how poorly backed the new manager has been in the market. Failures to sign a new goalkeeper and a backup striker leave Palace dangerously on the verge of crisis. Sakho is a man mountain saviour who will give everybody a huge boost, but he shouldn’t be expected to be the sole answer to all our troubles. Palace have fallen way short of expectations this summer and have arguably had the worst transfer activity in the Premier League. All four signings have been positive, but they do not represent what the new manager wants and we may see de Boer leaving stupendously early. #TheSoldierIsBack