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Crystal Palace: Eagles eye FC Köln defender Sebastiaan Bornauw

Crystal Palace: Eagles eye FC Köln defender Sebastiaan Bornauw - Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace are believed to be eyeing a move for FC Köln defender Sebastiaan Bornauw, according to Voetbal24.

The Lowdown: Reinforcements required

The Eagles unquestionably need long-overdue reinforcements due to their ageing squad. With the additional caveat of former manager Roy Hodgson’s retirement [Guardian], there will be a very different feel to Selhurst Park in 2021/22, with countless players reaching the end of their contracts.

As rumblings of the potential successor to Hodgson intensify with Nuno Espirito Santo the latest to be linked [Sky Sports], the Londoners seem to have been identifying potential signings in the background.

The Latest: Bornauw to SE25?

One of these reported targets is the aforementioned Bornauw, with Voetbal24 claiming the Eagles have ‘set their sights’ on the young defender.

The report also claims Bornauw would ‘like’ a move to the Premier League, although he does not want to decide his future immediately.

Highly rated in his homeland, a prospective move to the riches of English football looks favourable – his current employers are expected to be ‘dependent on sales’ this summer transfer window, suggesting they could well cash in on their prized assets [BILD via SportWitness].

The Verdict: Exciting Potential

The 6 foot 3 defender successfully aided his side to Bundesliga survival in 2020/21 [BuliNews]. He is currently valued at £10.80 million on the Transfermarkt database, so at just 22 years of age could perhaps have considerable sell-on value for Palace in the future.

No stranger to the limelight, he is also a fully-fledged Belgium international; making two appearances for the The Red Devils at senior level [Transfermarkt].

Leading his club in both clearances and blocks per game, the youngster is a beast at the back, but also calm in possession, boasting an 82% pass success rate this season.

Of course, the absence of a new manager at Selhurst Park may throw a spanner into the works, but this feels like a deal Steve Parish and co should be looking to get done, landing an exciting young talent with plenty of room to improve further still.

In other news, a reported Crystal Palace target has recently become a free agent.

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