Crystal Palace have been handed a considerable boost in their pursuit of Schalke central defender Ozan Kabak following his lack of EURO 2020 involvement with Turkey [Der Westen via Sport Witness].
The Lowdown: Crystal Palace eye 2021/22 rebuild
As Crystal Palace get their ducks in a row ahead of 2021/22, many spectators will be intrigued to see how the South East Londoners rebuild, following losing 22 first-team players when they released their retained list in early June [Tribal Football].
Dipping their toe into the transfer window with the acquisition of American midfielder Jacob Montes [SBI Soccer], the Eagles have also been linked with moves for Aaron Ramsey and Ainsley Maitland-Niles in recent weeks.
However, attentions may turn towards the 21-year-old centre-back following fresh developments.
Would Kabak be a good signing for CPFC?
The Latest: Kabak could be sold by Schalke for ‘significantly less money’
Crystal Palace could potentially be handed the chance to sign the Turkey international for ‘significantly less money’ than expected, as Schalke look to cash in on his services due to relegation from the top-flight of German football [Sport Witness].
His wages are ‘too expensive’ to afford for the Gelsenkirchen-based club [Sport Witness], with Leicester City also keeping a keen eye on proceedings.
The Verdict: Kabak would be an excellent addition to the Selhurst Park fold
Being able to snap up someone of Kabak’s quality for a snip of a fee would surely appeal to the Crystal Palace hierarchy.
The promising defender made 13 appearances on loan at Liverpool in the second half of 2020/21 [Transfermarkt].
Impressively, he also won the most tackles on average per 90 minutes of any Liverpool defender with 2.1, whilst he came second in the entire Liverpool squad only behind Spanish maestro Thiago [WhoScored].
These exploits lead to the stopper being labelled as ‘absolutely incredible’ by Reds manager Jurgen Klopp [Liverpool FC Official].
Looking forward, Crystal Palace should make a beeline to obtain the 6ft 1in man – he has top flight experience, is still young with plenty of time to develop and will now be available for a reasonable fee.
In other news, Crystal Palace fans are ecstatic at a Lucien Favre update.
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