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Lyon open talks to sign Crystal Palace’s Mamadou Sakho

Lyon have made Crystal Palace star Mamadou Sakho their number one priority to strengthen the defence, L’Equipe reports.

The Ligue 1 club have been linked with a host of defenders, including Robert Arboleda (Sao Paulo), Samuel Gigot (Spartak Moscow) and Merih Demiral (Juventus).

However, it appears that France international Sakho, 30, is the chosen one to strengthen Rudi Garcia’s backline.

With one year remaining on his contract, Palace would unlikely demand a big fee, despite paying €28m for him in 2017.

L'Equipe: Mamadou Sakho to Lyon?

L’Equipe states that the transfer fee for Sakho could be under €10m. However, Sakho’s salary, one of the highest at Palace, could be an obstacle.

Sakho has extensive experience, having played for Paris Saint-Germain, Liverpool and Palace.

Injuries and suspensions have restricted Sakho to just eight appearances in the Premier League this season.

That has not deterred Lyon who want to the centre-back and are ‘progressing’ with negotiations.

Sakho would become OL’s first big signing of the window if Les Gones can agree a deal with Crystal Palace.

SourceL'Equipe

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