The lowdown: Busy summer
So far during the summer transfer window, Steve Parish and Dougie Freedman have added Sam Johnstone, Malcolm Ebiowei and Cheick Doucoure to Patrick Vieira’s ranks ahead of the 2022/23 campaign.
In terms of outgoings, only Martin Kelly and lesser-seen central defender Jaroslaw Jach have left Selhurst Park – both on a free transfer following the expiration of their contracts.
After weeks of reported interest from the Eagles, now it appears as though Freedman and Vieira have landed their next incoming to South East London…
The latest: ‘On the way’
Taking to Twitter, Falk – the Head of Football at reputable German outlet SportBILD – has claimed that Richards is heading to the capital to complete the switch.
He stated: “TRUE Chris Richards (22) @FCBayern is on the way to the medical-check for a Transfer to @CPFC.”
The verdict: Happy days
Predominantly operating as a central defender, Richards – who was hailed as an ‘athletic freak’ by former USA national team scout Thomas Rongen – can also play on either side as a full-back and therefore is a smart squad addition to Vieira’s ranks.
Last season, the 22-year-old American spent time on loan at Hoffenheim, making 23 appearances across all competitions, earning a 6.79 Sofascore rating whilst winning 4.4 duels, making 2.4 clearances and 1.1 interceptions on average per Bundesliga outing.
That form combined with the £6.7million valued Richards’ fledgeling years, makes the defender another exciting capture as Palace continue to show a penchant for signing highly regarded youth prospects who can develop further during their time at Selhurst Park.
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