Alan Pardew has hinted that Yannick Bolasie could well be sold by Crystal Palace in the not too distant future, despite the winger signing a new deal with the club only last week.
After a fair few months of speculation over the winger’s immediate future, many Palace fans had hoped that his decision to put pen to paper on a three-and-a-half year contract extension would be the signal for the chatter to stop, but if anything, it looks as though Pardew is already bracing himself for a number of bids from potential suitors in the months to come.
Whilst Tottenham Hotspur were thought to be extremely keen on working out a deal to take the DR Congo international to White Hart Lane for the entireity of this summer’s transfer window, their interest never became strong enough to prompt a formal offer for the player, possibly as a consequence of Yannick’s incredibly streaky statistical output in red and blue.
Although on his day Bolasie can terrorise defenders at will, the true nature of his attacking efforts has shown itself to be the definition of inconsistency during his time with us, clearly casting doubt over his ability to produce at the highest level in the minds of the men who matter.
That being said, Pardew’s words (attached above) seem to hint that the club are more than willing to discuss a potential deal to offload the winger, should anyone be desperate to take him from us, with his new contract acting as a concrete form of financial security for us in the event of a prolonged pursuit from one of our direct competitors.
If you took the Palace boss’ words at face value, we won’t consider letting Yannick go for anything less than £25 million, but in reality, I think we all know that an offer of that size would simply be too big for Parish and his fellow owners to turn away.
Are we happy to see the manager doing a sales job on a player who, on the face of things at least, has just committed his future to the club? It’s sure to divide opinion.