Crystal Palace were heavily linked with Turkish midfielder Ozan Tufan for around 2018. A move never came to fruition and the player has now revealed how close he was to joining the club and what prevented the transfer from being completed.
Tufan speaks out on Crystal Palace links
Speaking to Goal, Tufan said: “Crystal Palace had showed a real interest in me a few years back and I nearly signed for them. We even had our plane tickets to England. But right before the day we planned to fly to England, Crystal Palace’s Sako got injured.
“The board had an emergency meeting and they decided to sign a replacement for him. So my move failed. They signed Alexander Sorloth instead of me. The details on this are not widely known but yes, it happened to us.”
Should the club have signed Tufan over Sorloth?
At the time, a forward was clearly deemed more important due to the injury of Bakary Sako. However, in hindsight, Tufan would probably have been the better signing as the Norwegian flopped at the South London club.
The striker made 20 appearances for Palace, scoring only once, and this goal came in domestic cup football (Transfermarkt). Therefore he was pretty much deemed as a waste of money and was finally sold last summer.
Tufan, the 25-year-old Turkish player, is versatile and has shown his quality for both club and country this season. He has managed, on average, 1.6 tackles per game. Offensively he has managed 1.3 shots, one key pass and 1.1 successful dribbles per game and therefore, he possibly have provided more of an attacking threat than Sorloth despite being a more defensive-minded player. He has also scored four goals and picked up one assist this campaign. (WhoScored).
Crystal Palace will probably look back on this decision and feel like they have messed up, but with players like James McArthur near the end of their career, a move for the Turkish midfielder could still be on the cards in the future.
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