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7 Crystal Palace Summer Transfer Targets

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Cheick Doucoure for Lens

With the summer 2022 transfer window opening on Friday the 10th of June, we thought we’d look at who the Crystal Palace transfer targets are.

Of course, there are many Palace transfer rumours going around already as it is silly season, after all. But, with the departure of one player already and probably more to follow, Vieira and the board will already be eyeing up who they can bring in for the new season.

Here are some of the names that have been mentioned so far.

Conor Gallagher

We’ll start by mentioning Gallagher as it’s the most talked about of all Palace’s transfer targets. Both Steve Parish and Patrick Vieira have made it clear that they’d love to have Conor back at Selhurst Park, whether that would be on another loan deal or permanently.

This decision is obviously up to the player and Chelsea first and foremost. Plus, there’s the fact that Chelsea would be asking for a high fee now if they did want to sell him. We doubt that Gallagher will join The Eagles on a permanent deal, possibly another season-long loan, but even that feels unlikely.

Cheick Doucoure

This nicely leads us on to the next possible Crystal Palace signing and this is Lens midfielder Cheick Doucoure. The Malian would be a great replacement if Kouyate doesn’t renew his contract and if Milivojevic leaves the club. He is a defensive midfielder who doesn’t mind getting stuck in and could learn a lot from McArthur, Schlupp, and Hughes.

The Sun reported that the fee would be around £15million for the 22-year-old and that Patrick Vieira has watched him closely this season.

As we said already, if Gallagher is allowed to leave and wants to, Chelsea’s asking price will definitely be north of £30million, over double the fee for Doucoure. So, this sounds like the smarter and more likely deal for this role.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka

Out of favour Manchester United right-back and former Palace academy graduate, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, has been linked with a move back to Selhurst Park. The 24-year-old was a substitute for most of the season after Ralf Rangnick came in which is how this rumour started. However, new manager Erik Ten Hag has only just started so hasn’t been able to see him in person at training.

He joined United in the summer of 2019 for £50million after winning Crystal Palace’s player of the year award. Whilst the youngster was great for Palace, they won’t be wanting to pay a high transfer fee to bring him back, so Man United will have to sell at a cut price if they do want him to leave.

Current right-back Joel Ward is getting older and Nathaniel Clyne is one of the Palace players out of contract and he’s also now 32, so it would be a good time to recruit for this position. But, it’s likely Clyne will sign a contract extension and Wan-Bissaka will want to go somewhere that he plays regularly. To be honest, we can’t see this happening this year, maybe a year down the line.

Sam Johnstone

Sam Johnstone is a free agent after finishing his season at West Brom and has been linked with Palace. In fact, the Daily Mail stated that the club and player are in advanced talks with a 5-year deal on the table.

Starting keeper Guaita is 35 so Johnstone could be a good number two for the Spaniard, although Jack Butland performed well when called upon this season.

Butland will want to get as much game time as possible next season and if Johnstone was to come in, that would definitely mean that he’s on his way out. The Sun has rumoured that both Bournemouth and Rangers are interested in signing Butland so Johnstone would be a good replacement that can challenge Guaita to start.

Malcolm Ebiowei

Derby County’s Malcolm Ebiowei is said to be attracting a lot of interest after Wayne Rooney’s side were relegated to League One. Fabrizio Romano tweeted last Thursday that Manchester United and Crystal Palace are both interested in Ebiowei.

Luke Plange joined The Eagles in January from Derby and will likely be loaned out next season to help him develop. If Palace sign Ebiowei, he’d likely be loaned back out as well.

Lewis O’Brien

There have been rumours in the past couple of weeks that both Crystal Palace and Leeds are interested in Huddersfield’s Lewis O’Brien. The fact that The Terriers lost the Championship Play-off final on Sunday to Nottingham Forest, means that he’ll likely leave for a Premier League club.

Leeds have supposedly bid for the English midfielder before and are currently in pole position to sign him with the fee rumoured to be £10million. Palace might want to get more involved now that they know he won’t be playing in the Premier League with Huddersfield.

Levi Colwill

Chelsea loanee Levi Colwill had a great season at Huddersfield Town, but he’ll be heading back to his parent club after the playoff final yesterday. Football.london reported that he’d be open to another season at Huddersfield, but other sources claim that both Arsenal and Crystal Palace are interested in the young defender.

Palace do need to sign another centre-back as if Guehi or Andersen were to get injured, it would mean that Ward or Kouyate would have to fill in there. James Tomkins is out of contract and with only nine appearances this season we doubt his contract will be renewed.

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Sam Johnstone Signs For Palace on a Free Transfer

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Sam Johnstone in new Palace kit

Crystal Palace have confirmed that former West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper, Sam Johnstone, has signed for the club. He joins Palace on a four-year deal after leaving the former Championship team on a free transfer.

Johnstone came through the Manchester United academy and spent time on loan at multiple Championship clubs including Aston Villa before he signed permanently for West Brom in 2018.

During his spell with the Baggies, he has earned England call-ups and featured for his country three times. He was also part of the Euro 2021 England squad that lost in the final to Italy.

Here’s what Johnstone and Parish had to say on the deal.

Johnstone said: “I’m really excited to be here at Crystal Palace. It’s a great club with fantastic facilities and brilliant supporters – I can’t wait to get started.”

Club chairman Steve Parish said of Johnstone’s arrival: “Sam is a player that we have admired for some time, and we are extremely pleased to welcome him to Crystal Palace. His extensive experience at club and international level, alongside his outstanding ability, will add even greater depth to our goalkeeping unit.”

The announcement also acted as the unveiling of the 2022/23 goalkeeper kit after the away kit was revealed last month. The kit has the new sponsor cinch on the front and is made by Macron the new technical kit partner.

Johnstone will compete with Guaita for the number one spot in goal which will mean that Jack Butland will most likely leave the club. Butland played in the FA Cup matches for Palace last season as well as when Guaita was injured.

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Malcolm Ebiowei Becomes Palace’s First Summer Signing

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Malcolm Ebiowei Applauding Derby County Fans

Crystal Palace announced on Sunday that the first signing of the summer is Malcolm Ebiowei on a five-year deal. He joins the Eagles after spending a year at Derby County where he impressed after getting his first senior start in February 2022.

He will become a Palace player from the 1st of July where he’ll join former Derby teammate Luke Plange who signed back in January before being loaned back out.

As a youth player, he started his journey at Arsenal’s academy before spending some time at Rangers. At the end of the 2021/22 season, he’d racked up 16 appearances in the Championship and was on the radar of other Premier League clubs including Manchester United.

Crystal Palace have shown in recent years that they have a robust model for developing young players from the Championship so this would have helped influence his decision. You only have to look at Eze and Olise to see two recent examples.

Ebiowei has played for both England and the Netherlands at youth international level. So, if he keeps advancing at this rate, he’ll have a decision to make on who he plays for at the senior level.

As his contract with Derby runs out at the end of June, he’ll join on a free transfer, although Palace will pay a compensation fee to Derby due to his age. Usually, this fee is decided upon at a tribunal but it was announced that a fee was agreed upon directly between the two clubs.

Ebiowei expressed his gratitude to Derby by saying: “I’d like to thank everyone at Derby County for their incredible support over the last year or so, and for giving me the opportunity to show what I can do on the field, and I’d also like to thank the fans for their encouragement especially given the circumstances of last season.

“As everyone is aware the situation is very uncertain at Derby, so it was important for me to secure my long-term future.”

He added: “I’m incredibly excited about the prospect of joining Palace, as they have an incredible squad and huge potential. I very much hope to contribute positively to the team this season.”

Palace chairman Steve Parish commented on Ebiowei signing by saying: “I’m delighted that Malcolm has chosen Crystal Palace as the best place to continue his development, following his impressive breakthrough into senior football in recent months. He is a highly coveted young player, and we very much expect to provide a platform for him to flourish at the highest level.”

Malcolm Ebiowei Highlights

Here’s a video compilation of Malcolm Ebiowei highlights playing in both youth and professional matches.

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Crystal Palace Announce That Four Senior Players Have Signed 1-year Extensions

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Patrick Vieira hugging James McArthur

On the 8th of June, Crystal Palace published news that the following four senior players had renewed contracts with the club until summer 2023.

  • James McArthur
  • Jordan Ayew
  • Nathaniel Clyne
  • James Tomkins

It was announced in May that Martin Kelly would depart after 8 years at Palace, but these other four senior players have put pen to paper for another year at least. James McArthur was given the captain armband when Milivojevic wasn’t playing so it was important that he renewed.

Jordan Ayew was a regular starter in Vieira’s team especially before he headed off to the Africa Cup of Nations. He works hard for the team which is a good trait to have and Vieira has mentioned that he likes this of him.

Nathaniel Clyne managed to get more minutes in the second half of the season as Palace progressed in the FA Cup and when Ward went out injured. The two will compete for the starting place next season now.

Finally, James Tomkins might have only made 9 appearances for Palace last season, but he’s a needed backup in case Guehi or Andersen get injured. We can see The Eagles also bringing in one other centre back and there’s been talk that Chelsea youngster Levi Colwill could join on a season-long loan after impressing at Huddersfield.

The Crystal Palace Chairman Steve Parish said this about the new deals: “It remains of pivotal importance to get the right balance of youth and experience in any Premier League squad, and I’m delighted that we’ve been able to ensure that these long-standing and experienced players in Jordan, Nathaniel, James and James remain with us for the upcoming campaign.

“Each of them played an enormous role in the progress we’ve all enjoyed in the last year, and we very much expect similar contributions for the season ahead.”

It’s good news that the squad has been reinforced with these contract renewals, but talks between the club and Kouyate are still ongoing. There have been rumours that the Turkish side Trabzonspor are interested in signing the Senegal international.

Palace fans will still be hoping to see new faces signing for the club as well as these contract renewals. For all the latest transfer news, see this page.

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