Crystal Palace are interested in a swoop for Borussia Dortmund midfielder Thomas Delaney as he eyes a move to England [The Boot Room via Sky Germany].
The Lowdown: Crystal Palace drift closer to the 2021/22 campaign
Looking towards 2021/22, much mystery still surrounds the direction of the Eagles as they remain manager-less owing to the departure of Roy Hodgson last month [Independent].
Still keen on recruiting players, they have made one addition to the Selhurst Park fold this window in the form of 22-year-old American midfielder Jacob Montes [Crystal Palace FC Official].
They could now be set to target a major coup following recent claims.
Would Delaney be a good addition for Crystal Palace?
The Latest: Delaney linked with Palace; other Premier League sides are also interested
Palace are embroiled in a transfer pursuit for Denmark international Delaney [The Boot Room].
He is in the last year of his contract at the Signal Iduna Park, whilst is rumoured to have agitated for a switch to English football should the correct opportunity present itself.
Southampton and Norwich City are also said to be interested in the 29-year-old.
However, Crystal Palace may hold an advantage over at least one of these clubs, following news that the Canaries are set to acquire Chelsea midfielder Billy Gilmour on a season-long loan deal instead [Sky Sports].
The Verdict: Delaney would be a major coup
On the face of it, Delaney would be a top signing whose attributes and mentality would be tailor-made for Premier League football.
In 2020/21, the anchor man was outstanding for the North-Rhine side, making 34 appearances and registering six goal contributions; one goal and five assists [Transfermarkt].
He has also shone at EURO 2020 with his native Denmark, making 16 ball recoveries in four games for the quarter-finalists [UEFA].
A born winner, he has amassed 11 trophies during his time in senior football; five Danish Superliga titles and four Danish Cup trophies with Copenhagen, accompanied by one DFL-Super Cup and a DFB-Pokal in 2021 with Borussia Dortmund [Transfermarkt].
Once described as a ‘very important player’ by Edin Terzić, he has been a midfield lynchpin throughout his career [FanSided], with a mixture of toughness and quality which is sure to improve the Eagles.
Providing battling midfield qualities with two tackles per game in the German top flight this season, Delaney is definitely a player Steve Parish and co should be going all out for.
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