Ligue 1 club Lyon are said to be interested in signing Crystal Palace defender Mamadou Sakho this summer.
According to the Mirror, the 28-year-old could potentially make the move across the English channel in an unlikely but not impossible cut-price deal.
Lyon are only willing to pay £13m for the Frenchman’s services – exactly half of what Crystal Palace paid for him when he joined the Eagles from Liverpool last summer.
Sakho is currently on a £100,000-a-week wage at Palace and would have to take a significant pay cut if he were to leave the club and return to his homeland of France.
Speaking at a recent press conference, Palace manager Roy Hodgson said he wants to keep the club’s star players this summer, including Sakho – who captained the club during their pre-season outing at Reading on Saturday.
Hodgson also defended the club’s stance on Wilfried Zaha, who has also been linked with a move away from Selhurst Park this summer, with a whole host of clubs across Europe interested in his services.
“What people seem to forget with Wilf is he has got a four-year contract,” Hodgson said, per the Liverpool Echo.
“There is speculation every year around Messi and Ronaldo too. He is our player for the next four years and the club has got no interest or desire to sell him.”
Meanwhile, Palace have also been linked with a move for Chelsea midfielder Danny Drinkwater, who is also interesting former club Leicester.