Many Crystal Palace fans are hopeful that their club does not lose an academy prospect following reports linking him to some of the best sides in the country.
The Daily Mail are reporting, via @cpfc_xtra, that Manchester City and Liverpool are interested in signing 15-year-old forward Zion Atta. Bayern Munich, Borussia Monchengladbach and Augsburg are also interested. The Eagles paid Millwall a guaranteed £60,000 to sign the player when he was 13.
That was a significant fee to pay for someone so young, so that outlay, plus the fact that he is attracting a lot of interest at the age of 15, highlights that he has a lot of potential. One fan even called him a ‘baller’.
The South London side have had some great players come from their academy, including Victor Moses, Wilfried Zaha, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Nathaniel Clyne.
However, some players like John Bostock left at a young age to go to a big club, and this could be a warning for Atta to not make any move too quickly.
Here is what Palace fans said following the reports:
Swear he was meant to be sick what happened
— paddy (@cpfcpaddy0) November 9, 2020
Just from this information, he’s a baller. We better keep him. https://t.co/Gl0mZFzx8t
— JS 🦅 (@J_CPFC) November 9, 2020
Paid £60,000 for him as a 13 year old?!? He must be good if we decided to invest in him like that. To be honest I’ve never heard of him and I’ve never seen him play but if we’re paying £60,000 for a prospect we should keep him. https://t.co/3tuneQfR5s
— Alex Westry (@alex_westry) November 9, 2020
If he’s learned from the past Palace prospects that have chased the money too early, he’ll make sure he sticks around until he’s ready
Be a Raymond, not a Bostock https://t.co/mn8GxaXwJs
— George Pavlou (@The_ArmaniCode) November 9, 2020
We paid £60k for him when he was 13??? That seems like a lot https://t.co/YOgsC5gTun
— . (@unknownbal) November 9, 2020
We can’t allow him to leave
— LetsTalkPalace (@letstalkpalace) November 10, 2020
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