Crystal Palace have agreed a deal with Liverpool for defender Mamadou Sakho with the Frenchman undergoing a medical, according to the Liverpool Echo.
Sakho will sign a five-year deal and he will become the club’s highest earner.
The 27-year-old was a successful loan signing last season and after weeks of negotiating with the Reds have agreed a fee thought to be £26million.
West Brom joined the chase to sign Sakho this morning with Jonny Evans thought to be on his way.
But their attempts to hijack Palace’s deal look to have failed with a permanent move to south London close to completion.
Monaco are at the centre of a sensational transfer tornado. The Ligue 1 champions have agreed to a fee of £92million with Arsenal for Thomas Lemar but that deal is being held up as they look to secure Angel Di Maria as part of a transfer which will see Kylian Mbappe move to Paris Saint-Germain.
Indeed, Mbappe’s switch from Monaco to PSG has been delayed as the Parisians attempt to figure out how they can sign the forward and remain within Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations, according to respected French daily L’Equipe.
The 18-year-old has apparently passed a medical and was set to join the club on loan with an automatic €180million purchase option activated next summer.
Trying to established if Lemar turned Arsenal down. Other complicating factors – Di Maria/Mbappe – but all irrelevant if Lemar reluctant
— James Ducker (@TelegraphDucker) August 31, 2017
By delaying the purchase for a year, PSG will remain within the FFP limits with the fee not taking into account this season given they are already stretching their buying potential after the €222million acquisition of Neymar from Barcelona earlier this summer.
The French Football Federation are yet to sanction the initial loan move and the hold up has had a knock-on effect with Arsenal now refusing to sell Alexis Sanchez to Manchester City with the club now establishing they don’t have enough time to sign Lemar because of the Mbappe issue.
The Telegraph are reporting, that PSG would be willing to sell Germany international Julian Draxler to the Gunners but according to the British outlet, the 23-year-old is against a move away from Paris having only signed from Wolfsburg in January.
Liverpool have completed the signing of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from Arsenal in a deal believed to be worth up to £35million.
The Merseyside club have announced the 24-year-old England midfielder has signed a long-term deal, understood to be five years, at Anfield.
Liverpool moved for Oxlade-Chamberlain this week after the player reportedly turned down the chance to join Chelsea.
Oxlade-Chamberlain, who is currently on international duty, underwent a medical at England’s St George’s Park training base after agreeing terms with the Reds.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) August 31, 2017
“I’m currently away with England, so I’m at St George’s Park.
“Firstly, I’m delighted to have signed for Liverpool and a big thank-you to everyone here at the FA that has made this possible, using the facilities. It has been a massive help.
“I’m not going to say too much today; I’m here with England and we’ve got two big games coming up, so I want to focus on them. But I can’t wait to get to Melwood and you’ll hear first from me on LFCTV.”
Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is delighted to have completed the move for a player he revealed he’s been keeping a close eye on since 2014.
“I am really, really happy we have got Alex signed. Since the last game I have been waiting and hoping we could make this transfer – and when I got the news he was ours it was fantastic,” Klopp said.
“I remember the first time I saw him play live – it was at Dortmund in 2014 and he came on as a sub that day and made a big impact. He stood out immediately because of his pace and skills and his attitude in such a big game for a young player; I remember him chasing back to make a brilliant challenge on Mkhitaryan in the box to save a certain goal.
“We won that game but lost the return match at Arsenal when he started and played well, I think he hit the post. Since then I have followed him and when I heard it may be possible to sign him I didn’t need to think twice.
“I hear a lot of talk about positions but let’s talk about the player; he is someone with really good abilities who always gives everything for his team. A player that is positive and willing to take risks to try and make positive things happen.
“He may still be young but he has a lot of experience in the Premier League, Champions League and for his country. Already he is a very, very good player and I think he has the mentality and desire to get even better – and that excites me.
“This is someone making a tough decision to leave one great club and come to another great club and I think he had many options, so to get him means I am delighted.
“He didn’t make an easy decision but I think he made a great one to go on this journey with this squad of talented boys and our great supporters. I welcome him to the Liverpool family.”