Crystal Palace are reportedly interested in signing Real Madrid striker Borja Mayoral, with the Spaniard currently on loan at Roma.
The Lowdown: Mayoral struggling at Roma
The 24-year-old moved to Rome last year but he has failed to set the world alight with the Giallorossi. In fact, Mayoral has only played 27 minutes of Serie A action so far this season, and with the striker seemingly not wanted at Real Madrid, his future remains up in the air.
Roma have an option to buy the Spaniard at the end of the campaign but current evidence suggests that won’t happen.
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The Latest: Palace keen on move
According to Fichajes, Palace are showing an interest in bringing Mayoral to Selhurst Park, with Patrick Vieira keen to bolster his attacking options.
Conor Gallagher and Wilfried Zaha, neither of whom are natural centre-forwards, are the Eagles’ current top scorers this season with four goals apiece and a more prolific striker may be required to share the burden.
The Verdict: Shrewd attacking addition
Mayoral did score 10 goals in just 18 league starts for Roma last season, proving that he can be a ruthless goalscorer despite his current slump.
At 24, he also has plenty of time on his side, allowing Vieira to work with him and ensure that he becomes as good as he can possibly be. His former Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane once hailed a ‘complete performance’ for him in 2017, which is big praise from such an iconic figure.
The fact that Palace could get Mayoral on a cut-price deal is an added bonus – his Madrid contract expires in the summer of 2023 – and offers another reason for snapping him up.
In other news, some Crystal Palace fans have bemoaned an injury update which has emerged. Read more here.
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