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Crystal Palace: Trabzonspor ready to sign Alexander Sorloth permanently

Crystal Palace: Trabzonspor ready to sign Alexander Sorloth permanently

Turkish club Trabzonspor have allegedly begun working on trying to make Alexander Sorloth’s loan deal from Crystal Palace a permanent one, according to reports.

According to Turkish outlet Sabah (via Sport Witness), Sorloth’s impressive start has made the club want to sign the Norwegian full-time from the Eagles, rather than continue with the two-year loan deal.

The report states that Trabzonspor want to negotiate a deal for less than €6m (£5.16m) – an amount which will allegedly be activated at the end of the next season if he plays more than 25 matches during 2020/21 season.

If it’s true that Palace have already negotiated a best-case scenario fee of £5.16m for Sorloth, then they may be a bit peeved now they have seen him playing so well.

The report states that as long as he plays 25 games next season, he will be available at that price, which, considering his great start to the season, looks pretty cheap.

The forward has scored eight times in 16 games so far this season, and is third currently in the goalscoring charts for the Turkish Super Lig (according to the UEFA website).

He joined Palace for £8.1m in January 2018 (Transfermarkt), but failed to ever get himself going at Crystal Palace, scoring just once in 20 games for the club. Therefore, you can see why Roy Hodgson saw him as surplus to requirements, yet at just 23, the club may feel like they’ve lacked a bit of foresight by agreeing on a fee so low for the player, as his current performances look like he is worth more than the reported £5.16m.

Sorloth’s great form shows that there is a quality player there, however, Palace were just unable to unearth it. Sure, the Turkish top-tier is a whole different kettle of fish to the Premier League, but the Eagles made their mind up on Sorloth without really giving him a proper chance.

With Trabzonspor now trying to purchase Sorloth for less than that original fee, it makes no sense for Palace to receive a lower amount than the one originally agreed, as it would be surprising to see him not play 25 games next campaign judging by his form.

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