After the mountainous level of speculation surrounding the immediate future of Crystal Palace winger Yannick Bolasie in recent weeks, it now looks as if the club are set to offer him a new contract.
Following on from Tottenham’s interest in prising the DR Congo international away from Selhurst Park, Steve Parish and his fellow directors have been quick to quash any serious talk of a move taking place, suggesting that bids of £20 million would be turned down without a second thought.
Now, with the start of the new Premier League season just two days away, there seems to be an even greater resolve to keep the 26-year-old in SE25, with a new deal along the same lines as those recently given to Scott Dann and James McArthur in the offing. For Yannick, this whole saga will have been an unwelcome distraction from his pre-season preparations, but when removing the red and blue tinted glasses momentarily, it’s easy to see why his agent would be pushing for an improved contract in the circumstances.
Thanks to the signings of Cabaye, Wickham, Bamford and Sako, Palace are hoping to improve markedly upon last season’s tenth placed finish, but in tandem with the improvements made to the playing squad, there comes a desire from those already in place at the football club to be treated equally. Unfortunately for the club’s money men, that means a hike in the general wage bill, leading to Yannick’s representatives asking for improved terms, in order to keep him happy.
There is little doubt that Bolasie deserves to be on a par with the club’s top earners, such is his importance to the side when he’s playing with confidence, but with the likes of Tottenham and Liverpool bound to be sniffing around him in January should he perform well between now and then, we may well find ourselves in a spiraling battle to keep him on our books in every transfer window.
For now, Pochettino and co. will have to put their interest in the fleet-footed winger on the back-burner but you wouldn’t bet against us having conversations of a similar nature in five months time.