Michy Batshuayi looks to have solved Crystal Palace’s centre-forward dilemma, but it could prove to only be a short-term fix should the Belgian return to parent club Chelsea in the summer.
And if that turns out to be the case, the Eagles will undoubtedly be in the market for a new No.9 with ESPN Argentina (via HITC) reporting a move for River Plate’s Santos Borre could be on the cards.
There is a long way to go, though, until Crystal Palace can get more clarity on Batshuayi’s future, while a deal for Borre at the £25m that is being reported could be a complex one.
But if it does materialise, here are two potential consequences that could follow after the Colombian’s possible arrival.
Christian Benteke Departs
After another underwhelming season, Christian Benteke’s days at Crystal Palace look numbered.
And the signing of Borre would only make the 28-year-old’s departure come quicker. He has lost his spot in the Eagles’ starting XI to his compatriot Batshuayi and has shown nothing in over a year to suggest he has the ability to win that place back.
Once a deadly No.9 in front of goal who held the ball up so well, Benteke has become a player who offers little with now appearing to be the right time for him to leave Selhurst Park. But, he could still attract a healthy fee in the summer transfer window, so Hodgson may decide to offload him if Borre joins.
Lack Of Summer Additions
Roy Hodgson could end up using a large chunk of his transfer budget if he decides to fork out £25m on Borre.
And that could so easily have ramifications when it comes to the Crystal Palace boss trying to reinforce other areas of his squad.
Having not spent that much money in the last summer transfer window and considering the Premier League television deal, though, the above might not turn out to be the case.
But if it does, then the south London club could face going into the 2019/20 season with largely the same squad.
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