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Doucoure is Palace’s Main Summer Transfer Target

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Cheick Doucoure Running with the ball with Messi behind

Cheick Doucoure might not be someone that Palace fans have heard of before, but The Eagles sporting director and manager have been tracking him closely during this season with Lens.

The 22-year-old Mali international is a defensive midfielder who is great at breaking up the play and then attacking explosively on the counter.

With James McArthur, Cheikhou Kouyate, and Jeffrey Schlupp all out of contract at the end of June, a new youngster in this position is vital. Even though Schlupp and McArthur are likely to stay for sure, Kouyate’s decision to remain is questionable as there’s interest from a Champions League side.

As well as this, it’s been reported that club captain Milivojevic may leave and possibly return to his former club Olympiakos.

It would be a great time to bring in Doucoure so that he can learn from the likes of McArthur, Hughes, and Schlupp if he stays.

At £15 million it seems like a good deal for The Eagles although it might take some time for him to adapt to the intensity of the Premier League. But, a young player like him should have no issues with that.

Here’s a highlights reel from his season with Lens who finished 7th in Ligue 1.

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Sam Johnstone Signs For Palace on a Free Transfer

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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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