Yannick Bolasie’s future has been the subject of relentless speculation all summer long, with Tottenham Hotspur’s continued interest in him having made for an uncomfortable few months in SE25 and now, The Sun have reported that the winger himself has asked the Palace board to lower his asking price.
Despite Yala himself having told the Croydon Advertiser only two weeks ago that he was happy to remain at Selhurst Park for the foreseeable future, those lovable hacks at the nation’s most widely read tabloid have decided to run with the idea that he has in fact told us the complete opposite in private, in a move that would, if it were true, act as an unofficial transfer request on the part of the winger.
Quite why the club would ever take an individual player’s pleas to drop their asking price for him is anyone’s guess, with Steve Parish and co. well within their rights to demand whatever fee they see fit to let Yannick leave south London, but then again, it’s not as if The Sun have ever required categorical proof of a story to run with it in years gone by.
Whilst we are likely to face increased pressure to part with the DR Congo international if he continues to perform well in the opening months of the 2015/16 campaign, for now, he remains a Crystal Palace player, with little to no say over the price at which the club are willing to let him leave, regardless of what may be printed in the national press on the subject.
Frankly, the angle used by The Sun was almost certainly designed to pull people in to clicking on the story, with little to no regard for the journalistic qualities required to write the piece; as is often the want of the sporting press in 2015. I’ll admit I fell for it, just as you all almost certainly did too. As devoted supporters of our football club, they’ve got us by the throat, desperate for information on a subject dear to our hearts and readily succeptable to being duped by a juicy headline.
As was the case at the start of the summer, Yannick is not close to leaving Crystal Palace and with the new league season now less than a week away, it doesn’t look as though that situation is set to change in the near future. Not that those facts will stop the press from telling you the complete opposite until the transfer window closes.