The Crystal Palace fans here in the Football Transfer Tavern were not expecting this one…
Whilst the proverbial silly season is over, it would appear that we are not free of rumours here at the Football Transfer Tavern.
The 2016 summer transfer window was a particularly successful one for the Crystal Palace faithful in the Tavern, with Alan Pardew bringing in a number of top players as he looks to rebuild his squad after a disappointing end to the 2015/16 season.
Christian Benteke was, of course, the headline act, but other recruitments including Chelsea star Loic Remy who will also no doubt do a job for the Eagles this season.
And whilst the transfer window has officially closed, it doesn’t look like Alan Pardew is finished with his summer business just yet…
According to the Guardian, Pardew is looking into the free-agent market – with a number of huge names currently available without clubs. Their lack of a club attachment means they are able to find a new club regardless of regular transfer deadlines.
In a surprising move, one name that will be familiar to the Arsenal faithful here in the Football Transfer Tavern has reportedly hit the top of Pardew’s shopping list.
The Guardian are reporting that Crystal Palace are exploring the idea of bringing in ex-Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini in this season, following the experienced midfielder’s release from Arsenal at the end of the 2015-16 season.
The article adds that Flamini is currently weighing up his options amid interest from across Europe, but Alan Pardew is seemingly keen on bringing the Frenchman in.
Flamini was released from Arsenal after seven-years with the club, over two spells. In his second stint with the the Gunners the French midfielder made 66 league appearances, scoring 3 goals.
His Arsenal departure came off the back of Arsene Wenger’s capture of Granit Xhaka, which would have seen Flamini drop down the pecking order even further than he already had.
Our landlord thinks that whilst the deal is unusual – it actually makes a lot of sense.
Pardew is likely to be desperate for a replacement in midfield, and Flamini represents a cheap, experienced and technically gifted option that suit definitely suits Palace’s style of play.
He lost his place in the Arsenal team towards the end of last season, but here’s a reminder of what Flamini was like in his pomp…
Rarely ever spectacular; Flamini was always consistent whilst playing for the Gunners.
Crystal Palace fans – how do you feel about this deal? A hit or a miss?
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