Crystal Palace have enquired about Schalke defender Ozan Kabak as they continue their squad overhaul under Patrick Vieira [The Daily Mail].
The Lowdown: Vieira faces enormous overhaul
Potentially unrecognisable comparative to last season, newly appointed Palace manager Vieira will face the challenge of constructing a new-look roster following the contract expirations of over 20 first-team players [The Sun].
Already making serious inroads in the transfer market, the Eagles have moved to bring in no fewer than four signings in the form of Jacob Montes, Marc Guehi, Michael Olise and Remi Matthews [Transfermarkt].
Wasting no time ahead of the Premier League season, could they now be set to add a fifth summer acquisition following latest reports?
Would Kabak be a good signing for Crystal Palace?
The Latest: Crystal Palace enquire about Kabak
Crystal Palace are said to be monitoring Turkey international Kabak and have contacted Schalke to ask about him, whilst he will likely leave Gelsenkirchen this window due to financial irregularities at his current employers [Daily Mail].
The South Londoners are believed to have been keen on the 21-year-old for a couple of months, who could be available for as little as £8.5 million plus add-ons.
Several Bundesliga clubs also hold an attraction to the 6 foot 1 defender.
The Verdict: Kabak would be an astute signing for the Eagles
Needing to bolster their defensive ranks, Kabak would represent an astute piece of business for Vieira’s men.
Clearly able to hold his own against at the highest level, Kabak played an important part in helping Liverpool to qualify for the UEFA Champions League in 2020/21, registering 13 appearances for the Merseyside giants after joining on loan in January [Transfermarkt].
Showing his domineering presence at the back for the Reds within this timeframe, he managed to keep an average total of three clearances per game in the Premier League [WhoScored].
Once labelled as ‘absolutely incredible’ by Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, Palace should move to sign the young defender and take advantage of Schalke’s troubling financial situation.
In other news, a pundit has exclusively backed a Crystal Palace pursuit of a reported target.
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