Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson spoke to the media this week, ahead of his side’s trip to Old Trafford to face Manchester United on Saturday.
The former England boss discussed Palace’s interest in Said Benrahma and spoke about Nathaniel Clyne, but also touched on Alexander Sorloth’s future amid what is a very confusing transfer saga.
Football London quote the 73-year-old as saying: ‘I don’t know. It’s a complicated transfer.
‘It’s in the hands of Steve Parish and Doug Freedman. I know about the bid and Leipzig are very keen – how far along the line that is and what it means, you’d have to ask Steve Parish.’
The Norway international joined Trabzonspor on a two-year loan deal last summer, where the Turkish side would then have a purchase option when that expired.
Of course, this reported exit breaks his two-year loan commitment to Trabzonspor. As a result, the Turkish outfit will reportedly split the £20 million with Palace 50/50.
While that sounds simple enough, Trabzonspor had an option to buy Sorloth for just £5.5 million if he appeared in 50% of their games this season, as the Guardian’s report also states.
This made the transfer a complicated one, with Leipzig unusually needing to negotiate with two clubs rather than one.
It has been an interesting saga to follow, to say the least.
At last, it seems like the south Londoners will make a slight profit on the forward, who was signed from Danish side FC Midtjylland for a reported £9 million in 2018.