Yannick Bolasie and Tottenham Hotspur have been linked to one another throughout the summer and now, with less than 48 hours to go in the transfer window, the rumour mill is continuing to churn.
For all the chatter, it did look a week or so ago as if Yala was all set to stay in SE25, partly as a consequence of Spurs’ apathy over the price-tag slapped on the winger’s shoulders as well as the sad passing of the DR Congo international’s father, now though, questions to Steve Parish over what it would take to let him go have brought the discussion back into the public’s thoughts.
Speaking to BBC Five Live, the Palace surpremo said:
“You can never say. If someone offers crazy money.
“It would take an extraordinary bid at this stage of the transfer window. We are confident he will still be a Crystal Palace player at the end of the transfer window.”
You would assume that “crazy money” would be £20 million or more, which we are unlikely to receive this late on, if at all. Sadly for the press, who have done their level best to peddle this story for two months or more, there has been a lack of genuine interest from White Hart Lane throughout at the price they have been quoted.
For all the hype, Yannick’s stats in the top flight will always act as a serious hurdle to any of the perceived “top clubs” taking a punt on him, and understandably so. He scares defenders with ease, that goes without saying, but you need only to look at the impact Bakary Sako has had on our side in two games to see the vast differences between the two.
For Daniel Levy, who is a notoriously shrewd negotiator at the best of times, to part with such a sizeable sum so late in the day would be a shock to say the least.
The marker has been set, will Spurs take the bait?