Crystal Palace’s sporting director Dougie Freedman has come out and explained why the Eagles have not bought a right-back replacement this summer.
Freedman, 45, revealed that Palace are only going to make shrewd signings and that any business they do has to be “responsible”.
Palace failed to sign a replacement for Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who joined Manchester United earlier in the window for around £50m, according to reports from Sky Sports News.
Ex-Palace manager Freedman, who is in charge of recruiting players at Selhurst Park, said that due it being common knowledge that Wan-Bissaka went for such a large fee, the club are getting charged ‘inflated’ rates, and does not want to get drawn into paying over the odds for a player.
“People know we have got a bit of money from the Aaron Wan-Bissaka deal so prices are inflated,“ Freedman told the Balance podcast.
“It is the first time we’ve been in this position, it is very difficult. Every Palace fan out there, of course they want us to sign some players and I get that but we also want to be responsible.
While the Eagles are now short at right-back with only Joel Ward and Martin Kelly as realistic senior options, Freedman does make a good point. Indeed, even Manchester United were understood to have been priced out of moves during this transfer market so it’s not hard to imagine the South London outfit finding it difficult, especially as this seems to be the first time they’ve found themselves in this position.
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