Report: Crystal Palace will have to pay £12m to sign Hiroki Sakai

Hiroki Sakai of Japan tackles Sadio Mane of Senegal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group H match between Japan and Senegal at Ekaterinburg Arena on June 24, 2018 in Yekaterinburg,...

Crystal Palace are reportedly interested in signing the Marseille defender.

Roy Hodgson manager

Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson will be desperate to bolster his back-line at Selhurst Park this summer, in an effort to guide his side to a top 10 finish in the Premier League this season.

One of the 70-year-old's prime targets is Marseille defender Hiroki Sakai, and the Eagles will have to part with somewhere in the region of £12 million in order to secure his services this summer, according to the Evening Standard.

Sadio Mane of Senegal is challenged by Hiroki Sakai of Japan during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group H match between Japan and Senegal at Ekaterinburg Arena on June 24, 2018 in...

Hodgson worked wonders at Palace last season, after taking charge of the club when they were firmly rooted at the bottom of the Premier League table, but in order to make further progress, he will certainly have to splash the cash this summer.

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Good signing for Crystal Palace?

The simple answer is yes.

Sakai, 28, is heavily experienced in playing at the very highest level, having spent six years in Europe with Hannover 96 and Marseille respectively, as well as earning 44 international caps for Japan.

Youssouf Sabaly of Senegal tackles Hiroki Sakai of Japan during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group H match between Japan and Senegal at Ekaterinburg Arena on June 24, 2018 in...

The Japanese ace is a right-back by trade, but he can also fill in at left-back - something that will surely be appealing to Hodgson.

In today's day and age, £12 million for a player of Sakai's experience and quality must be considered as decent value, and if Palace manage to bring him to Selhurst Park, it could turn out to be a real coup for the south London club.

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